A man had a garden which could have been beautiful, but he had a problem. An immense boulder was deeply embedded. He tried to blast it out but only shattered the windows. He refused to work on the rest of the garden while that eyesore remained, so he continued to use one harsh measure after another to remove it, but all without success. He bitterly bemoaned his lot.
years later he died from worry and frustration, complaining that IF ONLY he had been able to remove that boulder, he could have had the most beautiful garden in the district.
His nephew inherited the house and moved in. He perceived the hopelessness of removing the boulder, so he added a few more smaller rocks and pebbles and converted it into a rockery, with flowers and ferns and a water feature. The eyesore became the centrepiece and the biggest attraction of the magnificent garden.
What sad words,
often heard spoken at funerals or after the death of a loved one,
usually expressing REGRET or SELF RECRIMINATION.
“If only I had listened to him, he might still be alive . . .”
“If only I’d told her I was sorry before she died . . .”
“If only I’d spent more time with her . . .”
Then again, “IF ONLY” is often used an EXCUSE –
So sad … but I’ve heard “If only” as an excuse many times from many people
and I have to admit using it myself.
“If only I could be free of this problem, I could be different!”
“If only I’d had parents who cared, I’d be different today”
“If only I’d had more opportunities . . .”
“If only I had more spare time . . .”
“If only I’d studied harder at school . . .”
“If only I’d married a better man . . .”
“If only I’d invested that lottery win instead of wasting it . . .”
Are you shackled to your “IF ONLY”
Or have you changed an “if only”
to an “IN SPITE OF”
and used it as an OPPORTUNITY?
Some apt sayings:
# Problems can make you soar above – or just plain sore!
# He who is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else.
A FINAL WORD
The saddest “If only” of all will come when it is TOO LATE!
“IF ONLY I’d listened to my friend when he told me about Christ”
IF ONLY I’d listened to him telling me
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved”
IF ONLY I’d listened to Jesus saying
“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
No one comes to the Father, except by Me”
“It is appointed unto men to die once,
And after this, the judgement”
2 Corinthians 6:2
Behold, NOW is the accepted time;
Behold, NOW is the day of salvation.