Tuesday, April 1
I was making greater progress in Judaism than many of my own age.—Gal. 1:14.
Fluent in Hebrew and Greek, Saul had Roman citizenship, which accorded him much-coveted privileges and rights. Had he chosen to keep pursuing such worldly success, he could likely have gained personal prominence and financial security. Instead, he chose a course that to others—perhaps even to some relatives—seemed to be sheer folly. Why? Paul loved Jehovah and desired his approval more than riches and prominence among men. Gaining an accurate knowledge of the truth, Paul came to value the ransom, the Christian ministry, the hope of life in heaven—things that the world largely ignores. No matter what trials came his way, Paul was determined to be faithful to God, to endure in true worship. That is a goal that is lacking on the world’s agenda for success. Do you share Paul’s determination? w12 12/15 1:10-12
Wednesday, April 2
My son, know the God of your father and serve him with a complete heart.—1 Chron. 28:9.
God’s Word often refers in a figurative way to parts of the human body. For instance, the patriarch Job stated: “There is no violence upon my palms.” King Solomon observed: “A report that is good makes the bones fat.” Jehovah assured Ezekiel: “Harder than flint, I have made your forehead.” And the apostle Paul was told: “You are introducing some things that are strange to our ears.” (Job 16:17; Prov. 15:30; Ezek. 3:9; Acts 17:20) One part of the human body, though, is referred to figuratively in the Bible far more often than any other. It is the one mentioned in a prayer by faithful Hannah: “My heart does exult in Jehovah.” (1 Sam. 2:1) In fact, Bible writers mention the heart nearly a thousand times, almost always in a figurative sense. It is of utmost importance that we understand what the heart represents because the Bible states that we need to safeguard it.—Prov. 4:23. w12 4/15 3:1, 2
Thursday, April 3
Who has created these things?—Isa. 40:26.
In the physical world, precise timing can be seen on a microscopic as well as on a macroscopic scale. Atoms vibrate at consistent rates. International time-standard clocks regulated by atomic vibrations are accurate to 1 second in 80 million years. The movement of planets and stars is also precisely timed. Their predictable positions in the sky have been used to mark the seasons and to navigate. Jehovah—the Maker of these reliable “timepieces”—is indeed “vigorous in power” and deserves our praise. Precise timing can be observed in the world of biology. The life cycles of many plants and animals are regulated by internal clocks. Many birds instinctively know when to begin their migration. (Jer. 8:7) Humans too have internal clocks, usually governed by the 24-hour cycle of day and night. (Ps. 104:24) Yes, the Great Timekeeper is all-wise and all-powerful. w12 5/15 3:3, 4
Friday, April 4
The king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and proceeded to lay siege to it.—Dan. 1:1.
Jehovah allowed the Babylonians to overthrow Jerusalem and to take his people into captivity. (2 Ki. 20:16-18) He foretold that the line of human kings who were said to sit on “Jehovah’s throne” in Jerusalem would be removed. (1 Chron. 29:23) However, Jehovah also promised that a descendant of King David, one who had “the legal right,” would come and reclaim that authority. (Ezek. 21:25-27) Another prophecy indicated that the Jews would still be worshipping at the temple in Jerusalem when the promised Messiah, or Anointed One, arrived. (Dan. 9:24-27) An earlier prophecy, written before Israel was taken captive to Babylon, stated that this person would be born in Bethlehem. (Mic. 5:2) If those prophecies were to be fulfilled, the Jews would have to be liberated from captivity, return to their homeland, and rebuild the temple. w12 6/15 1:9-11
Saturday, April 5
He who peers into the perfect law that belongs to freedom and who persists in it . . . will be happy in his doing it.—Jas. 1:25.
The original Greek word translated “peers” means “to stoop to look into,” which implies concentrated effort. Yes, if we want the law of freedom to affect our mind and heart, we must do our part by diligently studying the Bible and prayerfully meditating on what we read. (1 Tim. 4:15) At the same time, we must ‘persist,’ or endure, in applying God’s Word, thus making the truth our way of life. Jesus expressed a similar thought when he said to some who believed in him: “If you remain in my word, you are really my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31, 32) We “know” the truth in the fullest sense when we make it our way of life. Then we can rightly say that “the word of God” is “at work” in us, molding our personality so that we more closely reflect our heavenly Father.—1 Thess. 2:13. w12 7/15 1:10, 11
Sunday, April 6
Happy are the eyes that behold the things you are beholding.—Luke 10:23.
In April 1881, a call for 1,000 preachers was issued in the Watch Tower. That call showed that the Bible Students recognized that an essential work of true Christians is to preach the good news. But the call for 1,000 full-time preachers was optimistic, since only a few hundred attended the meetings of the Bible Students at that time. After reading a tract or a magazine, however, many people recognized the ring of truth and readily responded to the call. For example, after reading an issue of the Watch Tower and a booklet published by the Bible Students, in 1882 a reader from London, England, wrote: “Please instruct me how and what to preach so as to accomplish the blessed work God wishes done.” By 1885, about 300 Bible Students were sharing in the colporteur service. Those full-time ministers had the same objective as we do today—that of making disciples of Jesus Christ. w12 8/15 1:8-11
Monday, April 7
You will be bound to come up against my people.—Ezek. 38:16.
Knowing in advance about this attack on God’s people does not make us overly anxious. Rather, our main concern is, not our own salvation, but the sanctification of Jehovah’s name and the vindication of his sovereignty. In fact, Jehovah declared more than 60 times: “You will have to know that I am Jehovah.” (Ezek. 6:7; see footnote.) Hence, we look forward with intense interest to the fulfillment of that outstanding aspect of Ezekiel’s prophecy, trusting that “Jehovah knows how to deliver people of godly devotion out of trial.” (2 Pet. 2:9) Meanwhile, we want to use every opportunity to strengthen our faith so that we will be able to keep our integrity to Jehovah no matter what tests we may face. What should we do? We should pray, study God’s Word and meditate on it, and share the Kingdom message with others. By doing so, we keep our hope of everlasting life firm, like “an anchor.”—Heb. 6:19; Ps. 25:21. w12 9/15 1:8, 9
Tuesday, April 8
God proceeded to bless the seventh day and make it sacred, because on it he has been resting from all his work that God has created for the purpose of making.—Gen. 2:3.
After God’s rest day began, disaster struck. Satan, an angelic son of God, set himself up as a rival god. He told the first lie and deceived Eve so that she disobeyed Jehovah. (1 Tim. 2:14) Eve, in turn, got her husband to join the rebellion. (Gen. 3:1-6) Even at that low point in universal history when God’s truthfulness was being called into question, Jehovah did not see the need to confirm with an oath that his purpose would still come true. Instead, in words that would be understood in God’s due time, he simply stated how the rebellion would be crushed: “I shall put enmity between you [Satan] and the woman and between your seed and her seed. He [the promised Seed] will bruise you in the head and you will bruise him in the heel.”—Gen. 3:15; Rev. 12:9. w12 10/15 3:2, 3
Wednesday, April 9
Make known to me the way in which I should walk.—Ps. 143:8.
We may face a challenging situation in which our associates try to pressure us into following their human reasoning instead of supporting us in doing Jehovah’s will. Some may even encourage us to take action without considering God’s will in connection with a particular matter. (1 Sam. 26:8-11) To stand firm, we need to have clearly in mind Jehovah’s view of the matter and to be determined to stick to his ways. David prayed to Jehovah God: “Teach me to do your will.” (Ps. 143:5, 10) Rather than relying on his own ideas or giving in to another person’s urgings, David was eager to be taught by God. He ‘meditated on all of Jehovah’s activity and willingly kept himself concerned with the work of God’s own hands.’ We ourselves can discern God’s will by delving into the Scriptures and meditating on the many Biblical accounts of Jehovah’s dealings with humans. w12 11/15 1:10, 11
Thursday, April 10
Who the Father is, no one knows but the Son, and he to whom the Son is willing to reveal him.—Luke 10:22.
Jesus revealed the Father to his disciples by means of his conduct. So when Philip asked Jesus: “Show us the Father,” Jesus could rightly say: “He that has seen me has seen the Father also.” (John 14:8, 9) When a leper begged Jesus to cure him, Jesus touched the man who was “full of leprosy” and told him: “I want to. Be made clean.” Upon being cured, the leper no doubt could see Jehovah’s hand in what Jesus did. (Luke 5:12, 13) Also, at the time of Lazarus’ death, the disciples must have felt the Father’s compassion when Jesus “groaned in the spirit and became troubled” and “gave way to tears.” Though Jesus knew that he was going to resurrect Lazarus, he felt the pain that was evident among Lazarus’ family and friends.—John 11:32-35, 40-43. w12 4/15 1:10
Friday, April 11
Love one another.—John 13:34.
Love makes us want to do good things for other people. (Rom. 13:8-10) For example, love for our spouse will keep the marriage bed free of defilement. Love for the elders, coupled with respect for their work, will help us to be obedient and submissive to their direction. Children who love their parents obey and honor them and do not speak negatively about them. If we love our fellow humans, we will not view them as inferior or speak to them disrespectfully. (Jas. 3:9) And elders who love God’s sheep will treat them with tenderness. (Acts 20:28, 29) The quality of love should also stand out in our ministry. Despite the apathy or negative response of some, we will keep on preaching the good news. If we truly love God and our neighbor, we will view the Kingdom-preaching work as a great privilege and will carry it out joyfully.—Matt. 10:7. w12 5/15 4:14-16
Memorial Bible reading: (Daytime events: Nisan 10) John 12:20-50
Saturday, April 12
This good news of the kingdom will be preached.—Matt. 24:14.
It was Jehovah’s purpose that the descendants of Adam and Eve fill the earth. When Satan seduced Eve and then Adam disobeyed, God did not abandon his purpose. He did not panic, make hasty decisions, or overreact, giving up on the human family. Instead, he conceived a way to accomplish what he purposed for humans and for planet Earth. (Isa. 55:11) Jehovah has exercised great self-control and patience, even waiting thousands of years for some aspects of his purpose to work out the best way. Jehovah has also waited patiently so that more people can have everlasting life. Right now, he is making preparations to save “a great crowd.” (Rev. 7:9, 14; 14:6) Jehovah reaches out to people by means of our preaching work. The Kingdom message is the best possible news for humankind—yes, it is “good news.” w12 9/15 3:4, 5
Memorial Bible reading: (Daytime events: Nisan 11) Luke 21:1-36
Sunday, April 13
No man that has put his hand to a plow and looks at the things behind is well fitted for the kingdom of God.—Luke 9:62.
We are fast approaching God’s day of judgment. None of us want to disappoint Jehovah or Jesus. They have entrusted us with precious privileges of service in these last days. How we cherish the confidence they have in us! (1 Tim. 1:12) Regardless of whether our hope is to enjoy life in heaven or in Paradise on earth, let us be determined to stay faithful to our God-given assignment to preach and make disciples. We still do not know the exact day or hour that Jehovah’s day will arrive, and do we really need to know? We can and will continue to prove ourselves ready. (Matt. 24:36, 44) As long as we fully trust in Jehovah and put his Kingdom first, we will not be disappointed.—Rom. 10:11. w12 9/15 4:17-19
Monday, April 14
All those desiring to live with godly devotion in association with Christ Jesus will also be persecuted.—2 Tim. 3:12.
It is good to keep in mind that we cannot remove all problems that beset us. Acts 14:22 tells us: “We must enter into the kingdom of God through many tribulations.” Rather than becoming dejected, why not view them as opportunities to manifest courage based on your faith in God’s ability to help you? Even in times of disaster, Jehovah gives real help through the encouragement found in his Word, our supportive brotherhood, and the strength provided by holy spirit. Focusing on these things will lift us up. Instead of dwelling on negative events, do what is practical to cope with each problem and focus on the positive aspects of your life.—Prov. 17:22. w12 10/15 1:10, 11
Tuesday, April 15
He that has endured to the end is the one that will be saved.—Matt. 24:13.
For us to be preserved alive when God executes judgment on Satan’s world, we must maintain our integrity to the end. But this does not mean that Jehovah expects us to endure in our own wisdom or strength. The Bible assures us: “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear, but along with the temptation he will also make the way out in order for you to be able to endure it.” (1 Cor. 10:13) What do those words imply? For Jehovah to make sure that we are not tempted beyond what we can bear, he has to know everything about us, including the challenges we face, our individual makeup, and just how much we can take. Does God really know us that well? Yes. The Scriptures reveal that Jehovah knows each of us intimately.—Ps. 139:1-6. w12 4/15 5:1, 2
Memorial Bible reading: (Daytime events: Nisan 14) John 19:1-42
Wednesday, April 16
We know that all creation keeps on groaning together and being in pain together until now.—Rom. 8:22.
Since 1914, millions have chosen to become willing subjects of God’s enthroned King, Christ Jesus. They refuse to be supporters of Satan’s world. Instead, they use their lives and assets in support of God’s Kingdom, serving its interests. (Rom. 14:7, 8) Soon Christ will destroy Satan’s wicked system. Christ’s perfect government will free the earth of sin and sorrow. It will remove all traces of rebellion against Jehovah’s rightful sovereignty. Loyal servants of God will be in a position to become permanent residents of the earthly Paradise. (Rev. 21:1-5) In a full sense, creation will then have been “set free from enslavement to corruption and have the glorious freedom of the children of God.”—Rom. 8:21. w12 12/15 3:4, 5, 7
Thursday, April 17
He judges and carries on war in righteousness.—Rev. 19:11.
Soon all present-day nations will face Jesus Christ and his heavenly forces in the final battle against God’s rulership, which battle is “called in Hebrew Har–Magedon.” (Rev. 16:14, 16; 19:12-16) Over 2,500 years ago, the prophet Daniel was inspired to foretell the outcome for human governments in conflict with God’s purpose, writing: “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be brought to ruin. And the kingdom itself will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it itself will stand to times indefinite.” (Dan. 2:44) Man-made national boundaries will no longer exist. Such a thrilling prospect should motivate all of us to continue praising and honoring our Creator, Jehovah God, as best we can. w12 12/15 4:16, 17
Memorial Bible reading: (Daytime events: Nisan 16) John 20:2-18
Friday, April 18
Be courageous and strong . . . You will bring the sons of Israel into the land.—Deut. 31:23.
The Israelites were about to take possession of Canaan. To succeed as their leader, Joshua needed God-given wisdom. He also had to exercise faith in Jehovah and prove to be courageous and strong. The wisdom, courage, and faith shown by Joshua during the long conquest of Canaan must have strengthened the Israelites. In addition to valor in battle, however, they needed what might be called quiet courage to do what Joshua urged them to do. At the end of his life, in his farewell address, he said: “You must be very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses by never turning away from it.” (Josh. 23:6) We too need the courage to obey Jehovah at all times. This includes occasions when mere men demand that we act contrary to God’s will. (Acts 4:18-20; 5:29) If we prayerfully rely on Jehovah, he will help us to take such a courageous stand. w13 1/15 1:5, 6
Saturday, April 19
There is no searching out of [Jehovah’s] understanding.—Isa. 40:28.
One way to cultivate humility is to ponder over the greatness of Jehovah in comparison to us. Commenting on certain aspects of Jehovah’s magnificence, the apostle Paul wrote: “O the depth of God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How unsearchable his judgments are and past tracing out his ways are!” (Rom. 11:33) Although mankind’s knowledge of many things has increased greatly since Paul wrote those words, that statement still holds true. No matter how much we know, it should humble us to realize that there is no limit to what can be learned about Jehovah, his works, and his ways. It is noteworthy that Jehovah himself displays humility. Consider this: “We are God’s fellow workers.” (1 Cor. 3:9) Imagine that! Jehovah, the God of unmatched greatness, dignifies us in this way by giving us an opportunity to carry out our ministry using his Word, the Bible. w12 11/15 3:4, 6
Sunday, April 20
Jehovah is my light and my salvation.—Ps. 27:1.
The metaphor “Jehovah is my light” draws attention to the fact that Jehovah frees us from ignorance and spiritual darkness. A literal light may reveal a danger or an obstacle on our pathway, but it does not remove it. We must act wisely on what we see. In a similar way, Jehovah reveals to us the basic meaning of world events. He alerts us to the dangers of this system of things. He provides us with Bible principles that always work, but we must apply what we learn. When we do, we can act with more wisdom than either our enemies or our teachers. (Ps. 119:98, 99, 130) David’s words at Psalm 27:1 show that he must have recalled how Jehovah had delivered, or saved, him on previous occasions. (1 Sam. 17:37, 49, 50; 18:11, 12; 19:10) Jehovah will again become to his servants what he was to David—a salvation. How? By delivering his worshippers through the coming “great tribulation.”—Rev. 7:14; 2 Pet. 2:9. w12 7/15 3:3, 4
Monday, April 21
Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians.—Acts 7:22.
This education was likely intended to prepare Moses for a career in Pharaoh’s court. He could have become prominent in the most powerful government of the day, having the luxuries, privileges, and pleasures that such a position would afford him. But was enjoyment of these things Moses’ objective? Because of the training that he received from his real parents early in life, Moses likely knew what Jehovah had promised his ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Moses exercised faith in those promises. He must have thought carefully about his future and his loyalty to Jehovah. So when the time came to choose between being an Egyptian prince or an Israelite slave, what did he decide? Moses chose “to be ill-treated with the people of God rather than to have the temporary enjoyment of sin.” (Heb. 11:24-26) Later, he followed Jehovah’s guidance regarding how he should use his life.—Ex. 3:2, 6-10. w12 6/15 3:5, 6
Tuesday, April 22
Come . . . out from the snare of the Devil.—2 Tim. 2:26.
The Devil stalks Jehovah’s servants. His goal is not necessarily to destroy them, as a big-game hunter kills prey. Rather, the Devil’s main goal is to capture his quarry alive and use the person as he sees fit. (2 Tim. 2:24-26) To catch prey alive, a trapper may use a snare of some sort. He may try to get the animal to come out into the open where he can capture it with a noose. Or he may use a hidden trap that has a trigger and takes the animal by surprise. The Devil uses similar snares to catch God’s servants alive. If we want to avoid being caught, we must be alert and heed warning signs indicating that one of Satan’s snares, or traps, is nearby. Three of the traps that the Devil has used with a measure of success are (1) uncontrolled speech, (2) fear and pressure, and (3) excessive guilt. w12 8/15 3:1, 2
Wednesday, April 23
Bodily training is beneficial for a little.—1 Tim. 4:8.
The Bible is not anti-fun, nor does it depict recreation and entertainment as a waste of time. It even says that there is “a time to laugh” and “a time to skip about,” and it encourages a healthy amount of rest. (Eccl. 3:4; 4:6) If you are not careful, however, recreation and entertainment could distance you from Jehovah. How? Much of the danger centers on two aspects—what type you choose and how much time you spend on it. Today, much of what is available glorifies things that God hates, including violence, spiritism, and illicit sex. Therefore, you need to scrutinize the type of recreation and entertainment that you engage in and the effect it has on you. Consider, too, the amount of time you spend on recreation and entertainment. Ask yourself, ‘Do I spend so much time in leisure pursuits that I have little time left for spiritual activities?’—Phil. 1:10, 11. w13 1/15 2:11-13
Thursday, April 24
The man’s being alone is not good; I will make him a helper to match him.—Gen. 2:18, “Byington.”
Jehovah knows everything there is to know about mankind and marriage. He implanted a sexual need in humans so that they would “be fruitful and become many.” (Gen. 1:28) God understands feelings of loneliness, for prior to creating the first woman, he said the words of today’s text. Jehovah is also fully aware of the joy possible within the bonds of matrimony. (Prov. 5:15-18) Because of sin and imperfection, no present-day marriage is perfect. Among Jehovah’s servants, however, wedlock can result in true happiness if God’s Word is followed. For instance, consider Paul’s clear counsel on intimate relations in marriage. (1 Cor. 7:1-5) It is not Scripturally required that marriage mates limit sexual relations to efforts to produce offspring. Such intimacy can rightly fill emotional and physical needs. But perverted practices certainly do not please God. w12 5/15 1:9, 10
Friday, April 25
Your word is a lamp to my foot, and a light to my roadway.—Ps. 119:105.
The Bible is a marvelous gift that Jehovah has provided by means of his holy spirit. Take delight in reading it daily, and your love for it and its Author will grow. (Ps. 1:1, 2) Open each study session with prayer, asking for God’s spirit to direct your thoughts. (Luke 11:13) The Bible contains God’s thoughts, so as you meditate on what it says, you can make God’s thinking your thinking. While you continue to grow in accurate knowledge of the truth, live by what you learn. Peer into the Scriptures as you would into a mirror. If you thus see that you should make changes, do so. (Jas. 1:23-25) Utilize God’s Word as a sword to defend your beliefs and to cut away false teachings in the hearts of meek ones. (Eph. 6:17) As you do so, be grateful that the prophets and men who were used to pen the message of the Bible truly were “borne along by holy spirit.”—2 Pet. 1:21. w12 6/15 4:17, 18
Saturday, April 26
Do not be irritating your children, but go on bringing them up in the discipline and mental-regulating of Jehovah.—Eph. 6:4.
Parents do well to remember that they are carrying out an assignment from Jehovah. Sadly, in the world today, many have “no natural affection.” (2 Tim. 3:1, 3) Countless fathers shirk their responsibilities—to the dismay and detriment of their children. Where but in the family do children form their first impressions of love and authority? Parents who have taught those lessons successfully have worked in harmony with Jehovah’s administration. By making our homes havens of love where we put away all anger and wrath and abusive speech, we are teaching our children vital lessons about how to show love and how to respect authority. This will prepare them for life in God’s new world. We need to realize, however, that the Devil, the one who first disrupted universal peace, will strongly oppose our efforts to do God’s will. w12 7/15 4:16, 17
Sunday, April 27
Abundant peace belongs to those loving [God’s] law, and for them there is no stumbling block.—Ps. 119:165.
If you find yourself tempted to develop an improper romantic relationship, meditate on the damaging consequences of fornication and adultery. (Prov. 7:22, 23; Gal. 6:7) Those who commit immorality displease Jehovah and hurt their spouse and themselves. (Mal. 2:13, 14) In contrast, contemplate the benefits that come to those who maintain chaste conduct. Not only do they have the hope of living forever but they also enjoy the best life now, including a clean conscience. (Prov. 3:1, 2) So love the truth, and “keep strict watch that how you walk is not as unwise but as wise persons” in these wicked times. (Eph. 5:15, 16) We are well-equipped to protect ourselves from the traps set by Satan. Jehovah has given us what we need to “stand firm” and “quench all the wicked one’s burning missiles”!—Eph. 6:11, 16. w12 8/15 4:18, 19
Monday, April 28
“Let us set matters straight between us,” says Jehovah.—Isa. 1:18.
Yes, we should recognize our sinfulness, repent of our errors, earnestly beseech Jehovah for forgiveness, and ask him to create in us a pure heart. (Ps. 51:10) If we have sinned seriously, we should also seek the spiritual assistance of the elders. (Jas. 5:14, 15) Regardless of our circumstances, it is comforting to bear in mind that Jehovah is as he described himself to Moses—“a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness and truth, preserving loving-kindness for thousands, pardoning error and transgression and sin.” Jehovah has not changed. (Ex. 34:6, 7) Using a powerful comparison, Jehovah promised repentant Israelites the complete removal of the stain of their sins, making what was “scarlet” as white as “snow.” What, then, does Jehovah’s forgiveness mean for us? A complete pardon for our sins and errors, provided that we manifest a grateful and repentant attitude. w12 11/15 4:17, 18
Tuesday, April 29
The kingdom [of God] will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it itself will stand to times indefinite.—Dan. 2:44.
Can you imagine what the fulfillment of that will mean for you personally? Man-made national boundaries, which today in some sense mark every human as a foreigner, will no longer exist. Already, Jehovah’s Witnesses pay little attention to the nationality of those in their midst. Recently, for example, several of their smaller branch offices were merged to simplify the work of oversight and to improve efficiency in accomplishing the preaching of the good news of the Kingdom. (Matt. 24:14) As far as legal requirements permitted, national barriers were ignored when such consolidations were made. That is yet another visible proof that Jesus Christ as Jehovah’s rightfully enthroned Ruler is breaking down human barriers, and he is the one who will soon “complete his conquest”!—Rev. 6:2. w12 12/15 4:16-18
Wednesday, April 30
My sin is in front of me constantly.—Ps. 51:3.
A poet wrote: “Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’” The poet was J. G. Whittier, and he was referring to things that we regret, that we wish we could do over and do differently. “Regret” is mental sorrow, pain of mind, at something done or perhaps left undone, and it can mean “to weep again.” We all have done things we wish we could go back and do differently. What regrets do you have? Some people have made grievous mistakes in their lives, even committing serious sins. Others have not done anything so bad, but they wonder whether some of their choices in life were really the best. Some people have been able to overcome the past and continue on with their lives. Others are continually plagued with “if onlys” about their past. Which are you? Do you wish that you could serve God without regrets—at least from this day forward? w13 1/15 4:1, 2