“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” That quote sounds good until you think a little deeper about it.
The truth is, there are many people who regret having given their best to something, when they later realize that what they have given their best for, is something that doesn’t really matter. When they realize they’ve given years of creativity, energy and resources for something that amounted to nothing, they end up with deep regrets over having given their best to the wrong cause.
We can improve that quote by saying, “Nobody who gave God his best ever regretted it.” Regrets come from having given time to something that ultimately lacks meaning. As believers, we understand there is a bigger frame of reference to consider.
In eternity, there will be many regrets from those who “gave their best” for what mattered only in this world. There will be others who gave God their best, and perhaps faced discouragements in this world. But in eternity, they’ll have no regrets. They will have redeemed the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.