Holding Back = Regrets

Ecclesiastes 9:10  Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

This verse has always been strange to me. I completely understand the concept of doing the very best possible in everything you attempt to do. The idea of going full speed, giving it all you got, and pouring yourself completely out gives us an understandable concept. The concept that is strange is the motive by which this passage gives us for performing in such a manner. The reason we are to do everything with our very best is basically because we cannot take none of it with us when we die. There would be many that would argue that since it cannot be taken with us then what is the point of giving our best. To them it would make sense to say “what’s the point” and then not even care about what they did and how they did it.

I think God is honest enough to give us truth even knowing that we may receive truth in a negative manner. However, I would also argue that for the same reason a person would approach life with carelessness could also be the motivating factor that makes us give our very best. If I cannot take it with me then why in the world would I want to leave something in the tank. If it is not used then we will lose it. Once death happens there are no second chances. Time is already a thief and we have to realize that once death occurs we do not get another chance to do it again. When this life is over we do not need to have any regrets. If we are going to succeed then succeed having done the best we could do. If we are going to fail then we need to fail going full speed.

When I get to my finish line, I am praying they are laying a body that is used to the fullest in the grave. I pray they lay a body in the grave that is completely and totally exhausted from having poured everything into this life. I want nothing left in the tank. When I cross the finish line I want people to know that he did all he could do. He gave it all. We do not get to reuse this life or get second chances at it. If we have control over how much effort we exert then we need to exert it all. Holding back always yields regrets.