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No Regerts(regrets)

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Intro

I want you to go with me on a trip down memory lane
Tell the BBC Story from Sophmore year
I had the chance to make an impact on our team’s season
If I had only taken my time and shot the ball!
The crazy thing is, the next day at practice I went to that exact location in our gym and sank the very first shot I took
Made it even worse!

What is a regret you are living with?

Is anyone willing to share?
Share the regret of leaving Houston.
I should have stayed
But I would not have been here, met my wife, had my son or met you guys!
Here is the great thing about God:
He will never give up on you!
He has a calling for your life
He is just waiting on you to step up and get after it!
So how do we live a life without regret?

Don’t Look Back

Philippians 3:12–15 ESV
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.
Life is a race that we are running
dioko - Dee - oh - koh
This means to press on
In other places it is used to represent chasing after something and even to harrass
Paul is using this in a foot race metaphor
Life is a race that we are running
If you know me I HATE RUNNING!!
The only thing that I want to do when we start running is stop
But when we have to run I don’t want to know how far I have come, I want to know how much longer I have left!
When we are running this race in life we can’t keep looking behind us.
Reflection is a good thing but if we are always looking behind us then we wont know where we are going
It is good to see how far we have come but not dwell on what we were
If we just keep thinking about the failures that we have experienced or mistakes that we have made, the enemy will use that against us.
The goal is ahead of us, not behind us. We have to keep reaching for it!
The greek word here means to stretch out for

Keep Pushing

Philippians 3:12–15 ESV
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.
Paul talks about pressing on here
dioko - Dee - oh - koh
This means to press on
In other places it is used to represent chasing after something and even to harrass
While Paul may be talking about a foot race here, I relate this passage with Crossfit.
We have been in the middle of a WOD and I feel like quitting
Life gets like this too.
IT gets hard
But we have to keep pushing forward
Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever!
God did not call us to a life of ease
Reaching towards the goal God has for us requires hard work!

Finish Strong

2 Timothy 4:6–8 ESV
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
Oh man how many times did I hear this this week
Last round, finish strong!!!
Or, this is the last set, give it all you’ve got!
There is something about coming to the end of a workout and knowing that you laid everything you ahd into that workout
Are we living our lives like that?
Will we come to the end of our lives with regret or with reward?
Most of us are a long way away from the finish line of life
But what if we aren’t
Remember Tim McGraw’s song Live Like You Were Dying?
He said "I was in my early forties With a lot of life before me And a moment came that stopped me on a dime I spent most of the next days Looking at the x-rays Talkin' 'bout the options And talkin' 'bout sweet time" I asked him "When it sank in That this might really be the real end How's it hit you When you get that kind of news? Man, what'd you do?" He said "I went skydiving I went Rocky Mountain climbing I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fumanchu And I loved deeper And I spoke sweeter And I gave forgiveness I'd been denying" And he said "Someday I hope you get the chance To live like you were dying" He said "I was finally the husband That most of the time I wasn't And I became a friend a friend would like to have And all of a sudden going fishin' Wasn't such an imposition And I went three times that year I lost my dad I finally read the Good Book, and I Took a good, long, hard look At what I'd do if I could do it all again And then I went skydiving I went Rocky Mountain climbing I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fumanchu And I loved deeper And I spoke sweeter And I gave forgiveness I'd been denying" And he said "Someday I hope you get the chance To live like you were dying Like tomorrow was a gift And you've got eternity To think about What you'd do with it What could you do with it What did I do with it? What would I do with it? Skydiving I went Rocky mountain climbing I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fumanchu And I loved deeper And I spoke sweeter And I watched an eagle as it was flying" And he said "Someday I hope you get the chance To live like you were dying To live like you were dying To live like you were dying"
I’m not interested in Climbing mountains, or sky diving or even riding fumanchu, What I want is to know that when I stand before God I will not ask for more time, because I finished the way I know i was called to!

So What?

I have always said I wanted to live my life in such a way that when they had my funeral they couldn’t fit the people in the building that I imapcted.
Not for fame or recognition, but because I did what God wanted me to do
I saw that at a funeral a couple weeks ago
Darrell lived his life with made
A life with no regrets means that we are strainging to the goal that God has set for us

Now What?

What has God called you to do?
Are you doing it?
Are you doing in a way that will leave a life without regrets?
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