If ONLY I had not had that LAST bowl of ice cream---3rd candy bar---next helping of french fries, entire bag of M&M's, extra helping of dessert, and on and on---
If ONLY I had stopped and played with my children more when they were young. A clean house could have waited--we could have eaten sandwiches, the leaves could have been raked tomorrow, the tax return could have waited, I could have turned off the television.
If ONLY I had studied more, my GPA could have been higher, I could have gotten into that post graduate program, I could have had the career I really wanted, I could have had more job opportunities.
If ONLY I had traveled more--seen more of this beautiful country, seen the entire world, sailed the seas, climbed those mountains.
What is more important are the eternal "If Only's". If only I had been courageous enough, taken the time, stepped out in faith and talked to _____ about Jesus. We were talking about sharing tonight in Small Group and why we do take the opportunity when it presents itself. After thinking it over, I decided the fear of altering an important relationship or fear they will no longer listen stops me many times. Why? It is a lack of faith and trust. IF GOD opens the door---and nudges me---time to put the fear aside and trust Him. Better an altered relationship--than the consequences of not sharing when given the opportunity. How much would I regret it--IF I missed that window---and could only later say "If Only".
"But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,"
I Peter 3:15