As we grow older, we can’t help but reminisce about the glory days (or at least what we thought were the glory days).
People often say that you’ll regret the things that you didn’t do, more than the things you did.
And, I get that – the one that got away, etc.
But, there are also plenty of things that I didn’t do, that I praise God that I didn’t do them. Asking a certain girl out, going to a particular party, choosing a different college.
I look back and see instances where God seemingly ‘denied’ me something, and only now do I see that he was saving me. Saving me from a bad relationship, or from hanging with the wrong crowd.
There are plenty of things we’ve done, and things that we didn’t do, that we wish we could change. But the truth is that those decisions and those experiences have led us to become the men we are today.
In the moment, it’s next to impossible to see that. We miss the forest for the trees. When we’re in the thick of it, we can’t see the big picture.
Our Chaplain in college would often say that God has three responses to our prayers: yes, no, and not yet.
It’s only over the course of a lifetime that that we can see what God had in store for us. And, we still never know what’s to come.
Where has God intervened in our lives, big or small moments? Where can we look back and say that God’s providence steered our lives? What has he saved us from? What has he taught us?
Be the Men.