I frequently hear persons in old age say how they would live, if they were to live their lives over again: Resolved, that I will live just so as I can think I shall wish I had done, supposing I live to old age.
The most stunning thing about this resolution is that it rings true for every generation of mankind.
Every person on earth, in every time, and in every culture carries in it a desire to not waste their lives. Now, what a wasted life looks like, is where most of our differences come from. The wasted life of a person may be un-wasted life of another. What did Edwards mean when he saw something in the elderly’s lives that he did not want in his own?
He meant that he did not want to get to the end of his life, and realize that he could have lived differently, better, bolder, stronger. Now, Edwards did not believe in salvation by works and seek to work harder in life so as not to resent his living at death’s door. He knew what Francis Asbury knew and said in 1779, “We should so work as if we were to be saved by our works; and so rely on Jesus Christ, as if we did no works.” Edwards was moved from seeing the elderly’s wishes to spend his life to the full, making the most of his time for the kingdom of Jesus.
The hard question for us (that matters a lot for how you spend today) then is: “Will you regret how you lived at the end?” If not, keep doing what you’re doing. If so, it’s never to late to change everything. Matter of fact, everyone can change something about their life, what’s stopping you from doing so in 2014?