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Regret brings back all the memories of the past. The not so good memories. It’s the worst. I should have never done that. Why didn’t I do that? I wish I could go back and change everything. Regret.
Trust me, there are a lot of things I would’ve done differently, if only. If only I could’ve looked into the future to see the pain certain decisions caused. If only I would’ve known that the memories I made would take a toll on me. If only I understood that I had a Savior waiting for me to say yes to Him.
I’ve made a countless number of mistakes. And not even mistakes or accidents, but even bad decisions I’ve made on purpose knowing there would be an ugly consequence. Thinking of all my regrets brings up the question, “What was I thinking?” Sometimes it can be so overwhelming; no matter what anyone says or what promises they make, you just can’t seem to forget and let it all go. No matter how many new days come, the past is always there haunting you. Regret brings along shame and guilt. Regret has told me that all the times I’ve messed up will never make me good enough for something that is in the least bit good. It causes me to dwell on things I can’t change. There’s another thing I now know for certain that will never change – His name is Jesus.
Somewhere in the midst of all of the regret, He shows Himself to me. I always need Jesus, but when I need Him more than ever is when I think of my past. A lot of times we don’t voluntarily open the can of worms labeled “Memories that should be erased,” but Satan has a great way of opening it for us. He doesn’t just open it, he throws it at us. So now, we are sitting there with a bunch of worms (memories) crawling all over us. Sometimes that’s how regret is. We remember the little things that we wish we could have done differently. We replay the bad memories and we sit and ponder on how we wish it all was different.
But what’s the point of regret? The point of regret is to push you further away from knowing your worth. Your worth is defined by the Son of God dying on the cross for YOU, raising from the dead for YOU, and sitting at the right hand of God, the Father, interceding for YOU. Your worth is defined by the One who came to save you. Regret tells you that none of that is true. Regret tells you that you are worth nothing. Regret is lies. Jesus Christ is truth. He promises us spiritual blessings. And He tells us that even if we had the chance to change all of the decisions we regret, that still wouldn’t be enough. It’s by grace that we are saved (Ephesians 2:4-9). Nothing else. Nothing good that we have ever done and nothing good that we will ever do. Just by grace.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ
He goes beyond promising us another chance to fix what we screwed up here on this earth. He promises us complete forgiveness of all our sins, wisdom to make the right decisions, an incorruptible inheritance and so much more. Sure, anyone can promise you a nice, big house, a brand new car, a diamond ring and a perfect family, but only One can promise you every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. Only One can promise you a full life. There may be times after today that you will make mistakes. That’s ok. There may be times that you feel you’re not doing anything right. There will definitely be times when you suffer and hurt. That’s all ok. The promises from God are greater than all of that and will keep you safe and secure. They will keep you from being shaken by regret or any bad memory from the past.
Today is a gift. You may not see it like that, but it is. Today was given to you. It was wrapped up by mercies and tied with a bow of grace. Before you even had the chance to unwrap today, the Lord gave you the chance to see Him. You chose to see Him in His beauty or to ignore Him. You chose to dwell on the regrets or to dwell on the sweetness of life with Him. We all make mistakes. We all could have done things differently. But please –
Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.
There’s no point thinking about things that we can’t change. The past is meant to stay in the past. Today is the present. Don’t let today be the past. Everything you wanted to do differently, today is your chance. Understand that Jesus only does good (even if you don’t think so).
Regret has nothing on you. You have been bought with a price. And no, Regret did not buy you. Jesus has given you an eternal hope that cannot be touched.
Today you can confidently say – Hello my name is Child of the One True King.