I committed my life to Christ at age 17. Did I miss anything? I suppose I did.
I missed a lot of parties, a lot experiences that other kids my age had. Now, over 40 years have gone by and I look at what their choices and experiences have done to them. Some are in their fourth or fifth marriages. Some are still addicted, still living an empty life. When I think about those things I ask myself, did I really miss anything?
For me, life has gotten better. Not easier or less complicated or less pressured or more trouble-free.
But definitely better, sweeter, richer, deeper, more satisfying.
Every day, every month, every year of walking with Jesus gets better and better.
You might say, “Greg, that’s a nice, pleasant message to preach at a retirement center, but what’s it got to do with me?” The truth is, it’s a message that’s even more important for younger people.
Why? Because you determine the end of your life at the beginning of it, the evening of your life by the morning of it. You decide today where you’re going to be 20 years from now, by what choices you make and what roads you take.
I wish I could sit down and talk with Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. They both professed Christ earlier in their very young lives. I would like to tell them that the list of people who have destroyed their lives with drugs and drinking is very long and many of them were very young. I would tell them to recommit themselves to Christ and follow Him.And I would tell them to get some new friends.Godly ones that would encourage them in their faith. They would lose nothing and gain everything that matters.
God says, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days . . .” (Deuteronomy 30:19–20).