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Spiritual Matters
Living with no regrets

September 07, 2011

Ever walk through a cemetery and really study the headstones?

I have on several occasions. Once in a cemetery in Pennsylvania, my dad showed me the graves of my great-great grandparents and extended family. Wow.

Ever notice the dash? On most headstones there's a birth date, a death date, and a dash between them.

That dash represents their lives.

For some of them, that dash represents 90 years. For others, it represents two months.

I wonder…how did they live their dash?

For most of them, a bundle of hopes and dreams, struggles and joys are concentrated in that dash.

I wonder…how are you living your dash?

The older I get, the more I realize how precious life is. Time is literally running out. I suspect you are a lot like me. You want your life to count.

You don't want to live with regrets.

You don't want to look back and say, "I wish I had done it differently."

I wish. I regret. If only.

This September I'm starting a teaching series called One Month to Live: Thirty Days to a No-Regrets Life.

Our entire church –adults, teens, and kids – will be studying in their small groups what I teach in the services each week.

Our goal? To live life more passionately. To love more completely.

Hey, feel free to join us.

The Rev. Greg Henneman is pastor of Clarkston Community Church