No retreats, No reserves, NO REGRETS!!
This week has been an interesting one to say the least. We have sold our Harley Davidson motorcycle. I never thought the day would come, but honestly, I never dreamed of being in Chile either. It is interesting when we take our preconceived limitations off of God and say “all that I have is Yours”. God has perfect timing and thankfully, a much bigger plan than I do. If we look at how the sale of the bike went down it is truly a testament to Him. Ultimately it comes down to making a decision…..am I willing to follow Christ?.....am I willing to give up what I have?.....Am I willing to look forward and not back? If we answer yes to those questions life will truly change. The title of this blog comes from some missionaries in Papua New Guinea. How it relates to us currently is:
No Retreats…..we have many reasons to not be in Chile at this time and place in life. The list could be very long why we should quit now and head home. The days are long and the work is hard……but the fact is that God has led us to this place, because we could have never gotten here without Him. So we will keep our eyes lifted and press forward.
No reserves….investing what we have, leaving our jobs in the States, living on the support of others…. Does not seem like that smartest thing to do, does it? It really depends on where our focus is. Everything we have in life will fade sooner or later. We cannot take anything with us when we die, and we don’t know when that will be. We have chosen to invest eternally and stake what we have on it. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
No Regrets....living life with no regrets is not an easy task, but one that I believe can be accomplished. It requires a vision to see past our mistakes, accept God’s grace, and realize that life is not about “me”. That is not an easy lesson to be learned and one that can take a lifetime to understand. The quote that comes to mind is, “Our greatest fear in life should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” -Francis Chan. We only get one chance at life, and we are not expected to do it perfectly….the God I serve is Bigger than any one mistake I can make.
A few goodbye/memorial pictures…..