Daily Reflections

By Life and By Death

November 20, 2023 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Though [Jesus Christ] was rich, for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. —2 Corinthians 8:9

As the son of a wealthy businessman, William Borden could have settled for a life of ease. Instead, he chose to lay down his life for Christ. When William graduated from high school in 1904, his father sent him on a worldwide cruise. Brokenhearted by the spiritual needs of the people he met, William committed his life to be a missionary.

He dedicated his college years to mastering God’s Word and reaching those around him with the gospel. When it was time to leave for the mission field, he headed for China, sailing first to Egypt, where he contracted spinal meningitis and died less than a month later.

He left his entire fortune of over one million dollars to be invested in the cause of Christ. After his death, the following phrases were found in his Bible: No reserves. No retreats. No regrets.1

It’s when we choose to follow in Jesus’ steps that we’ll be able to look back on our lives with “no regrets.”

This story was featured in the devotional Our Daily Bread on December 31, 1998. The anecdote was likely based on a sentence by Mary Geraldine Taylor, Borden of Yale (Philadelphia: China Inland Mission, 1926), 260.


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©2023 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Scripture taken from The CSB

Make it Personal

As you go throughout your day, think about how you can live for Christ in a way so that you’ll have no regrets.