One Regret All Pastors Should Want to Avoid

This post from Brian Croft hit me like a ton of bricks today.  Here’s an excerpt:

There are many possible regrets.  Yet, when I recently sat down for coffee with a dear friend and faithful, seasoned pastor, he had but one regret that stood out among the rest.  It wasn’t a regret on how faithful he had preached.  It wasn’t a regret in regard to wishing he had visited more widows than he did.  It wasn’t a regret that he had not shared the gospel more.  Make no mistake.  There will be regrets for all of us who are pastors.  If there aren’t, we think too highly of ourselves and the quality of work we have done.  There is and will always be some level of these regrets in all pastors, including my friend.  Yet, there was one regret that stood out.  One regret that I saw hurt and burdened him more than any other.  Here was his regret:

“I wish I would have enjoyed my children more when they were little.”

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December 22 2010 05:00 am | Blog

One Response to “One Regret All Pastors Should Want to Avoid”

  1. Chris on 22 Dec 2010 at 4:23 pm #

    A good reminder for all of us dads, regardless of calling
    or vocation. I was just looking at my oldest son who is now eight
    years old and couldn’t help but realize two things; I can’t believe
    he’s already eight and I can’t believe we only have (potentially)
    ten more years with him at home. Balancing my desire to be present
    with my 3 kids with my responsibilities as an employee and provider
    for my family is a continual struggle. I always like how Steve
    Farrar puts it – your work is important but your most important
    work is at home. God bless, Drew.