“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsoable” Sydney J. Harris. (a very interesting guy)
One regret I do not have is taking the time on Wednesday mornings from 0700 – 0745 to meet with some other men for what I will call “Informal Bible Study and Fellowship.”
The group, composed mostly of “Law Enforcement Types” started in late 2002 and has probably never had more than a dozen participants at any one time. I was invited to attend just two months after they began meeting, while I was an Engineer/Driver Operator for our City Fire Division. Close to being a charter/founding member, but no cigar. The Fire Department was my “hobby” while owning and managing the two funeral homes. Hobbies are good. Getting paid for having a hobby is even better.
I do regret that there was a period when I stopped attending for almost two years. Luckily, I was able to correct that bad decision and no longer need to live with the regret.
Finer, more genuine men I have never known in my life and I look forward to Wednesday mornings like few other things.
Thank you to Aiken’s First Baptist Church for literally giving us the keys and allowing us use of a room for all these years. Thank you to the men (and occasionally women) for reminding me about priorities, faith, kindness and refelexively doing the right thing; all good skills to have in today’s world.