How to Not Waste Your Life

How to Not Waste Your Life

My friend Angie is a brilliant CPA who uses her skills to help missionaries and people like me make the most of their financial resources. I’m on the phone asking her questions pretty much every week. Next week Angie is fulfilling a lifelong dream by taking her family to Africa. She has an obsession with all things giraffe and her family will meet a child they have been sponsoring in Tanzania for years.

She was sharing with dad and me how she wants to be more adventurous. This is one of her first steps. I was excited to hear that. But then she said something that really bothered me.

“I wasted the first half of my life. I’m not going to be boring anymore.”

I wouldn’t stand for that comment. “Uhm, excuse me! Without you “wasting” your life and learning all you know about taxes and finances, people like me would be in serious trouble.”

Friends, I’m all for you embracing a little more adventure. I’m a huge proponent of you making changes in your life. But let me tell you something:

Your past is only a waste if you aren’t using everything you’ve lived and experienced to benefit others.

Even your worst mistakes and most boring seasons can have power when you let God redeem it.

Be brave and adventurous. Always strive to be better. But never see your past as a waste. Don’t dwell on regrets. Surrender everything that has happened to you to God. Then keep your eyes open and watch for his work. He wants to use everything that has happened to you – good, bad, and ugly- for his glory and your joy.

I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. Phil 1:12