Living With No Regrets

At age 16 William Borden committed to be a missionary. A friend cautioned against “throwing his life away,” but he wrote in the back of his Bible “No reserves.”

After graduating from Yale and turning down many lucrative job offers, including managing his family’s substantial fortune and business, he wrote the words, “No retreats.”

Planning to work with Muslims in China, Borden traveled to Egypt to learn the Arabic language. While there he contracted spinal meningitis and within a month was dead, aged 25. Prior to his death he took his Bible and underneath “no reserves” and “no retreats,” he wrote two more words, “No regrets.”

If I want to be able to say “No Regrets” when death comes, I must be willing to say “No Reserves” and “No Retreats” now.

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