Rev. Tony Campolo once wrote about a sociological study in which fifty people over the age of ninety-five were asked one question: “If you could live your life over again, what would you do differently?” It was an open ended question, and a wide variety of answers came back from these near centenarians. However, three answers consistently reemerged and dominated the results of the study. These three answers were:
If I had it to do over again, I would reflect more.
If I had it to do over again, I would risk more.
If I had it to do over again, I would do more things that would live on after I am dead.
That’s really interesting, isn’t it? As you think back over your life, I hope you don’t have regrets. I hope you trust that God will not waste anything – any experience – any failure – any success – any bad or any good. If we are open to God’s healing grace, those experiences can shape us into more compassionate, generous, faithful, loving human beings. And looking forward, as long as we are able to sit up and take nourishment, it is never too late to reflect a little more – to risk a little more – and to do a few things that will live on after we die!
Friend, I wonder how that might look for you. Imagine you are on a rocking chair reflecting back on your won life….
Let us pray: God of Hope, we thank you for your faithfulness to us over many years. We thank you for the experiences we have had in life and for your ever redeeming grace. Help us today to live life to the fullest – knowing that we can trust you. Amen.