Death is the ultimate statistic: 1 out of 1 people will die. I want to leave a legacy when I die. I know you do too.
Muhammed Ali once said, “Don’t count your days. Make your days count.”
Here’s a non-comprehensive list of 10 things you will never say on your deathbed:
“I was too generous.”
Your legacy won’t be defined by what you accumulate. Your legacy will be defined by what you give away. Be generous with your time, talents, and treasure. Invest in people. Meet needs. Be the hands and feet of Christ.
“I should have kissed my spouse less.”
Successful long-term relationships are characterized by physical affection. Kiss your spouse. Everyday. Every chance you get. No exceptions.
“I spent too much time with my kids.”
I’m amazed at how fast my 8-year old daughter is growing up. My wife sent me an article last week that really convicted me. You can read it here. Be careful with the phrases “I’m busy”, “Hold on”, and “Hurry up.” Your kids won’t always have time for you. Cherish the moments they do.
“All that worrying was energy well spent.”
The majority of things we agonize over will never come to pass. Spend less time worrying and more time living life. My dad often says, “It ain’t my wife. It ain’t my life. I’m gonna be alright.” Let’s take that approach.
“I should have been more critical.”
Quit gossiping and running people down. It’s poison to your soul. I struggle with being polite and kind in public, only to be critical in the privacy of my own heart. That’s got to stop too. Love people like Jesus loved them. Show grace.
“I wish I would’ve taken less risks.”
Your biggest regrets will be the risks you didn’t take. What fire burns inside of you? What passion keeps you awake at night? Be bold. Trust God. Pray for favor. Go after it.
“I’m content that I never led anyone to Christ.”
Ouch! That was convicting to write. But remember, the goal of Christianity is not simply to make it to Heaven. The goal is to make disciples who make disciples. You will have to leave your comfort zone. If that terrifies you, that’s okay. God is for you and you can depend on Him. Read Jeremiah 17:7-8. Never stop producing fruit.
“Luck was my key to success.”
We live in a microwave culture. But success is slow-roasted in a crock pot. Anything worth accomplishing is going to take time, energy, and hard work. Don’t fool yourself. Luck comes to those who work hard. Roll your sleeves up and go to work.
“I spent too much time taking care of my body.”
Ouch, again! I just wrote that one with a complete lack of integrity. I fail here often. The Bible tells you to honor God with your body (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). To be a complete Christian, you have to be strong in body, mind, and spirit. Maybe I’ll write more about this one later. But I’ve got some serious work to do first.
“I wish I would have spent less time praying, fasting, and reading The Word.”
You need to intimately know God here on earth. Don’t wait until you get to Heaven lest you might miss it. The Bible has some serious warnings against lukewarmness. Above anything else, your relationship with Christ should be your most important investment here on earth.
What are some other phrases that you’ll never say when your time is up? How can you start living life without regrets today? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.