In 1904 William Borden, heir to the Borden Dairy estate, graduated from a Chicago high school as a millionaire. His parents gave him a trip around the world. Traveling through Asia, the Middle East, and Europe gave Borden a burden for the world’s hurting people. Writing home, he said, “I’m going to give my life as a Christian missionary on the foreign mission field.” When he made that decision he wrote in the back of his Bible two words: “No reserves.”
After he graduated from Yale University he received a number of high-paying job offers but he rejected them all. He was determined to go to the mission field. At that point he wrote two more words in the back of his Bible: “No retreats.”
When he completed his theological studies at Princeton Seminary, he sailed for China to work with Muslims. On the way he stopped in Egypt for some additional preparation. While there he was stricken with cerebral meningitis and died within a month. A waste, you say? Borden did not think so. During his final days of life he wrote two additional words in the back of his Bible: “No regrets.”
William Borden saw his life from an eternal perspective, convinced that he was “more than a conqueror through him who loved us” (Rom.8:37).