Notable Bible teacher and Desiring God founder John Piper has taken issue with the popular cultural goal of pursuing a “life without regrets.”
In an episode of “Ask Pastor John” posted to desiringGod.org on Monday, a 72-year-old man asked Piper about his own feelings of regret when looking back at his life.
“I can look back on many opportunities I missed in life: missions trips I did not take, missionaries I did not support, even professional opportunities I did not take and probably should have, ways to better invest and redeem my time at every stage along the way,” the man said.
“Is it possible for an older man to look back over his life and conclude that I frequently missed God’s will over the years? Or is who I am now the will of God perfectly manifested in all my decisions, and therefore, I should have no regrets at all?” the man asked.
In response, Piper listed four important things to consider when addressing regrets, one of them being that it’s “good to remember our sins and feel regret.”
“A life without regrets is built on a mirage,” Piper said. “If you don’t see sins when you’re looking back over your life, and you don’t regret those sins, you’re not seeing reality. You’re not feeling reality. You’re seeing a mirage.”
“There were plenty of attitudes, words, deeds that were not for the glory of God but selfish, not loving but uncaring, not from faith but from fear. There were plenty of things that came out of your mouth that were not designed for upbuilding, and plenty of good paths taken with defective motives.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski