Our text is taken from Acts 20:36-38. 36 And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. 37 And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul’s neck, and kissed him, 38 Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.
Just this week I heard about a co-worker that lost her loved one. I don’t know what the detailed circumstances were but the man was just in his 50’s. He was talking to someone and then turned, walked away, and just dropped. Out into eternity he went.
Life can end so suddenly and your world turned upside down. It’s then when you will be glad that you have no regrets.
In our text the Apostle Paul is getting ready to leave the church of Ephesus. He prays with them and says his final good-byes. They never see him again. No doubt after he was a great way off, out to sea, there were those that said “I wished I had told him this” or “I wished I had done this for him.”
While you and those around you are alive a kind word, a kind deed, a show of appreciation, a prayer for them, or just a word of encouragement may be the last thing that you will do with or for them. Make it good because it may be the last time you have with them and then, you will have no regrets.
You don’t want to have to say to yourself or others, “I wished I hadn’t said that to them” or “I wish I would have said that to them” or “I wish I had done that for them” etc. You get the drift. Just a simple “Thank you” may be cause for no regrets if you never see that person again.
No regrets. That’s having a clear conscience knowing that you did what you could for someone while they were around.
You never know when it will be the last time with someone so remember…no regrets.