Bonjour! Just hours ago I returned from spending a week in Paris—”the city of lights” with my wife Robyn, who is studying French and Linguistics at the Sorbonne for this fall semester. In her quest for her master’s de-gree from UTEP, Robyn has taken advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity to study in the oldest university in Paris. Needless to say her quest has created quite an adventure for the two of us.
One of the things I love the most about my wife is the abandonment by which she lives. From her earliest days she has always dreamed big dreams and, even more importantly, pursued them. I learned from her to live “a life without regrets.” I fear far too many of us miss out on so much of the adventure God has for us by playing it safe or living in a rut.
In fact, without doubt this spirit of adventure had a great deal to do with our moving to El Paso a little over two years ago. When God presented us with the opportunity to come and serve with you in the largest border community in the world, we could not in good conscience pass up this once in a lifetime dream.
As you might expect, being the father of four beautiful young women I have sat through my share of “chick flicks.” Those many hours lost in twists and turns of romantic comedies have not been wasted. I have mined a handful of gems. One of my favorite quotes comes from the movie “Hitch” star-ring Will Smith. I love this quote:
“Life is not the amount of breaths you take; it’s the moments that take your
I believe the scriptwriter nailed it. Far too many of the children of God settle when the world awaits at the finger tips.
C.S. Lewis put it this way:
“If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desire not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, we are like ignorant children who want to continue making mud pies in a slum because we cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a vacation at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
The Apostle Paul I believe spoke to this reality when he wrote to the believers who lived in the most powerful city in the world, Rome saying:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renew-ing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1-2 NIV)
When good, pleasing and perfect awaits you, why settle for anything less? I be-lieve God created us to live with the same abandonment by which Jesus lived. El Paso offers the perfect place to live this way. At every turn one can see ways to get your hands dirty, investing your life in an opportunity of significance. Don’t waste a moment of your life—make the most of every opportunity by living a life without regrets.