The Eight Most Profound Truths We Have Learned by Dr. Lynnette Simm and Lisa Burkhardt Worley (Part 4)
4. NO REGRETS
Do you wish you could have a do over?
Is there a path you wish you had taken?
Are you disappointed in something that you didn’t do or effort you didn’t give?
Regret can be sadness, guilt, and remorse over a mistake, whether it’s a perceived big or little mistake. Regret can also be the negative feeling of a PERCEIVED missed opportunity. It’s that ONE word that the enemy uses to stir your emotions and mind with negativity. Both definitions are filled with what could have been done in the past. I am many things, but a time traveler isn’t one of them. Yet I spent so much of my time in the past regretting my words, actions, reactions, and sins.
Seven years ago, I met this amazing woman and we became fast friends. Elle had a sparkle that I was in awe of. Her confidence was something I deeply desired. During one of our extra long lunch dates, I asked Elle how she did it. How are you so positive and confident? She said something I hold dear to this day. “I don’t have any regrets.” I grilled her. “What! No-do overs? No sin you would want to undo? No words you want to take back? No missed opportunities? Nothing?” She smiled and me and said, “Of course! If I could go back in time I would change so much, but the reality is I can’t change the past. No one can. BUT what I can do is learn. I have learned so much with every mistake, missed opportunity, and sin. I have learned to lean on the Lord. I have learned that HIS plans are greater than mine. And I have learned that because of HIS grace and forgiveness, my sins have been washed away. Most importantly, I realized that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. So I know that God will take all the negatives in my life and use them to glorify HIM.”
As I listened to Elle, my mind exploded with all the baggage I could unload. My heart melted with His love, and my eyes were finally opened to life without regret. That’s what I hope for all of you. May you realize that NOTHING can keep you from the Lord, and He sees EVERYTHING, AND LOVES YOU ANYWAY. So live life with no regrets. Learn and grow into the child of God you already are. (DLS)
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16).
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