By Carol Pipes
Time is a key factor in what we regret, according
to social psychologists Tom Gilovich and Vicki Medvec. Over the short term, we
tend to regret our actions—things we did that we wish we hadn’t. But in the
long run, we tend to regret more the things we didn’t do but wish we had. When
people look back at their lives as a whole, regrets over what they didn’t do
outnumber action regrets 84 percent to 16 percent.
We all say and do things we wish we hadn’t. I’ve had my fair share
of moments when my words rolled off the tongue quicker than my brain could
compute the impact of said words. And I’m left standing there wishing the world
would open up and swallow me whole. Fortunately, in those moments I can ask
forgiveness and move on in my relationship with the wounded.
But at the end of the proverbial day, it is the things I know I
should do and dream of doing and don’t that cause the most regret. I don’t know
about you, but my biggest moments of regret come when I realize I’ve missed an
opportunity to share the gospel.
In today’s spiritual climate—when 4 out of 5 people in North
America don’t know Christ—it’s imperative that we live with our eyes wide open,
always on the lookout for opportunities to plant, water, or harvest the gospel
seed in someone’s life. The stark reality of lostness should stir within us an
urgency and passion to share the gospel with all people.
It’s not hard to imagine time’s fleeting nature when watching
sands slide through an hourglass. Every day, every hour, every moment is a gift
from God—we aren’t promised tomorrow. We must live with urgency and be ready to
seize the divine moments God brings into our lives.
In this issue, you’ll discover how Southern Baptists are seizing
their divine moments in order to share Christ and start churches throughout
North America. You’ll also meet our eight Week of Prayer missionaries who have
sensed God’s call to carry the gospel to North America and model lives lived
I hope the stories and testimonies found in these pages will
inspire and challenge you to ask the question, “What divine moments will I
experience today? And when they arrive will I obey?”
P.S. Visit NAMB’s Video Gallery at www.namb.net to view “Living with Urgency” and
our Monthly Missionary Focus videos.
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