This content is part of a series.
Tears of Regret (3 of 6)
Series: Tears for Every Occasion
May 7, 2003
POEM: An unknown author wrote the following poem:
I looked upon a farm one day,
That once I used to own;
The barn had fallen to the ground,
The fields were overgrown.
The house in which my children grew
Where we had lived for years--
I turned to see it broken down,
And brushed aside the tears.
I looked upon my soul one day,
To find it, too, had grown
With thorns and thistles everywhere
The seeds neglect had sown.
The years had passed while I had cared
For things of lesser worth;
The things of heaven I let go
While minding things of earth.
To Christ I turned with bitter tears,
And cried, "O Lord, forgive!
I haven't much time left for thee,
Not many years to live."
The wasted years forever gone,
The days I can't recall;
If I could live those days again,
I'd make Him Lord of all.
QUOTE: Thomas Heywood (C. 1574-1641) wrote,
O God! O God! that it were possible
To undo things done; to call back yesterday!
That Time could turn up his swift sandy glass,
To untell the days, and to redeem these hours. (1)
1. This evening I want to talk about the tears of regret.
2. No doubt, every single one of us here this evening has shed a few tears over lost opportunities, relationships, education, or maybe the chance to do something really important in life-whatever it may be. But the regrets are there.
QUOTE: Malcolm Forbes once said, "When looking back, usually I'm more sorry for the things I didn't do than for the things I shouldn't have done."
3. Let me give you a brief outline this evening...
I. WE CANNOT CHANGE THE PAST
1. One of the regretful things about life is that we cannot go back in time past and change things we'd like to change. Don't we wish we could?
QUOTE: John Wanamaker, the Christian department store owner, once said, "You can ne ...
There are 9107 characters in the full content. This excerpt only shows a 2000 character sample of the full content.