Posted by: ritagone | December 28, 2016

To No One’s Regret

In my Bible readings this past year, I don’t think I’ve read a verse that has impacted me more emotionally and spiritually than 2 imagesChronicles 21:20:

“Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. He passed away, to no one’s regret, and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.”

Did you catch it, that four-word phrase: “to no one’s regret”? A man lived 40 years and then died, and when he passed away, no one cared. No one mourned him, no one was saddened by his passing, no one regretted his departure from this life, and the world went on without a care for his loss. And he was a king of Judah!!! His status, his royalty, his power and his position meant absolutely nothing. He died to no one’s regret.

You know, as 2016 starts to fade away into our memories soon and 2017 approaches, I’m thinking that this might be my warning flag or my guiding light for the new year: to live my life so that I would be missed, people would regret my passing, there would be a hole somewhere along the way. Not because my ego needs to be fed, but because, serving God the way I’d like to, if I’m doing that right, there would indeed be a vacuum. It would mean something to have lived and moved on this planet. Someone somewhere would regret it. Maybe a handful of people.

To die “to no one’s regret” just breaks my heart. How selfish and negative a life must you live for that to be said about you?

Please God, keep this phrase in the forefront of my mind in 2017. Let me always remember that poor Jehoram died “to no one’s regret,” and let me live my life the polar opposite of him.



  1. Rita ~
    I know I join many voices in declaring: “You would be greatly missed and forever remembered for your love of God, selfless sharing of the WORD and a joyful sense of humor–to name just a few reasons. We love you and appreciate all you do to be salt and light to your world!”

    • Thank you, Martha. I so appreciate your kind words, although I didn’t write the blog for acclaim! I was just so touched by the phrase “to no one’s regret” that I had to let everyone think about what that phrase means to them. But thanks again. And happy new year!! See you soon.

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