Lately, there has been a lot of talk about the movie Back to the Future. I’m certain that every one of us has said or done things, or made decisions, that are later regretted. The problem, however, is that we can’t ever go back in time to do those things over. To clarify, regret is: wishing you had done things differently in your past; a feeling of remorse, often accompanied by sadness, shame, and guilt.
Some things we can get over quickly, but other things may not be as easy. We will all have those moments we wish we could take back, and there are some regrets in life that are so painful that they are very difficult to get over. As a consequence, a broken record of our regrets and shortcomings plays over and over again in our minds. Regret is so debilitating, so destructive, it causes us to get stuck in life.
We must look ahead and realize that the only way to get over regret is to know God’s forgiveness and his ability to redeem us — to turn around, for our good, the things that were intended for evil. Without God, some regrets will be impossible to overcome, which is why we have the promises of God to forgive and heal the brokenness in our lives.
Regret can be avoided altogether if we purpose to live our lives according to God’s plan — “…Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” — Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)
Just a Thought,
Published on Monday, October 26, 2015 @ 5:48 AM CDT
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