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Things We'll Probably Not Say On Our Deathbed

Things We'll Probably Not Say On Our Deathbed

By Wisdom Moon on January 29, 2012

I've been thinking a lot about the deathbed lately. Maybe because I almost lost my dad back in September 2011 to a stroke, and he is still in the hospital as a result. I've been wondering what might be going through his mind about his life. He is not able to speak, so I can only imagine what he might be thinking. Does he have any regrets? What kinds of things would he want to do over if he could?

That made me think about my own life. In my deathbed, what might be my regrets? What would I wish I could've done differently in my lifetime?

I know for most of us who are in ministry, whether as a full-time vocation, part-time, or volunteer, we pour our blood, sweat, and tears into it. It's easy to forget to draw boundaries between ministry and family. I recently heard a podcast where Pastor Mark Driscoll was talking about the importance of maintaining a healthy family life with your wife and kids. He gave examples of "heroes" of our faith like A.W. Tozer, who may have had a great ministry, but they did not have a healthy family life. In fact, many of them neglected their wives and kids. Many of them believed, and taught, that ministry comes before family. To them, it was God, ministry, and then family.

I would have to strongly disagree with that statement. Family comes before ministry. Church and ministry leaders must be very careful NOT to neglect our families.

Here are some things I don't think most of us, hopefully none of us, will say on our deathbed:

-I wish I could've spent more time on Facebook.

-I wish I would've spent more time in the church office perfecting the font on that one chord chart, instead of going home on time and having dinner with my family.

-I'm so glad I was always distracted while spending time with my family...with texting, facebooking, tweeting, Instagram, Pinterest, and phone calls!

-I think I spent way too much time with my spouse and kids! I should've spent more time with church members!

-I regret missing that one episode of The Office because of my kid's soccer game!

-I wish I could've owned an iPad 2.

What else do you think we won't be saying in our deathbed? Leave your comments below.

-Wisdom Moon

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Wisdom is a husband, father, worship leader, songwriter, and Founder/CEO of All About Worship. He was born in South Korea, but spent most of his life in Silicon Valley (California), and currently resides in Nashville, TN with his wife and three kids. Wisdom has been involved in worship ministry for over 20 years. For more about Wisdom, visit WisdomMoon.com