I woke up this morning from one of those dreams that blur the line between reality and fantasy.  I was back in High School at a farewell party for all the Seniors.  One by one, each of the underclassman stood to share a fond memory of a graduating friend. When my turn came, I could only stand and share regrets for friendships I never made.

Dreams like this can often bring into focus things that are missing in our lives.  I am a highly relational person.  I value the people in my life and enjoy them very much.  My biggest regrets as I look back on life are friendships that I have lost and friendships I was never able to make.  I have lost friends because of my faith in Jesus.  I have lost friends because they were unwilling to be held accountable. I have lost friends because I have not been a good friend. No matter the reason, I regret the loss.

I can neither change or live in the past, so moving forward all I can do is pursue friendships with a new passion so I don’t live with regrets.

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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