Only One Life

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

The life of Nathan Hale was very brief, yet his example still serves as an inspiration today. Hale, who was born on this day in 1755, became caught up in the independent spirit that stirred in the American colonies. When the Revolutionary War began, he joined the Continental Army and in September 1776 volunteered for a dangerous mission: spying behind British lines, posing as a schoolmaster.

Through his work, Hale secured vital military information, but he was captured on September 21. The next morning he was hanged. His last words became famous: “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

Even though he was only 21 years old when he was executed, Nathan Hale knew the importance of giving his life for something that mattered. In contrast, many people go through their lives and fail to wrestle with the most important questions of all: What am I living for? What is the purpose of my life?

Each of us needs to consider how we’re spending our life and what we’re doing with the resources God has given us. Every day we have opportunities to determine our future here on earth and in the life to come, through the choices we make.

Right now, think about what you are doing with the things God has given you. Remember that every choice results in consequences that impact your family, your future, your finances, your relationships, and your eternal destiny.

Ask God to help you make the right choices with the resources He’s entrusted to you. How are you investing your life? When you stand before Jesus, what will you wish you had done? Are there things you will look back on with regret? Take action today. Make sure that everything you do is for the glory of God.