Many say that one should not have regrets in life. They boast in the fact that they have not regrets. I regret that I am not that perfect.
Last week I attended the funeral of a giant of a man – Dr. Walter P. Atkinson. He was 77 years old and married to his college sweet heart Oleda for 54 years.
At the memorial service I ran into many men and women that I have known for most of my life. I have preached or works on staff for some of them. My heart began to think back to my teenage years as a young preacher. It was 1997 that I began my career in ministry. Fortunately, lots of these people were there to promote me and help me.
I had the honor of spending time with one of my teenage pastors – Lane Sargent. I began to reminisce with him about our time together at the Sumiton Church in Alabama. He and I smiled a lot as we reflected on our time together.
Later that day I began to think back on many things. All of a sudden many regrets sprung up in my heart. I wanted to share those regrets with you. Maybe getting these off my chest is therapy for my heart. Whatever the reason I hope that you gain some understanding of my life and hope for yours.
So, here are 5 things I regret about my teenage life:
- I regret that I did not submit to my pastors – Eddy Brand, Lane Sargent, and Sara Glover. They all tried to help a young egotistical, confused preacher be a man of character. I failed miserably.
- I regret that I hurt people that I dated. I wished I would have dated smarter and less frequently and stayed true to Godly character.
- I regret that I willfully gave up my virginity.
- I regret that I did not value my high school education.
- I regret that I pursued notoriety more than just being myself.