Life after Regrets: Moving Forward

Have you ever made a decision that could be rated on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the stupidest?   How about a decision or mistake so stupid that every time you think about it you want to punch your own self? Or every time you think about it your emotional thermometer overheats; you boil over with frustration and anger.  You’re constantly asking yourself, “Why did I do that?  How could I make such a dumb mistake?  What on earth was I thinking?” Let me guess.  Yes.  I am certain that at some point in life we have all made decisions that caused disappointment, sorrowfulness, and particularly guilt and shame. 

 I know the feeling; I’ve been there.  We have all probably made some unwise decisions that we shouldn’t have made, or made some wrong choices. Regardless of the reasons for regret, there comes a time to get over it. You can’t enjoy an abundant life in Jesus Christ if you keep wallowing in guilt, shame, disappointment and self-pity.   Rewrite the script! Make a conscience decision to move forward.  You don’t have to live your life in the “land of regretful.”  

 Sure, I agree; depending on the severity of the consequences caused by your decision, it may take a little longer to let it go.  Nevertheless, with time, prayer for God’s merciful intervention, repentance, and self-control you must move on.  Focusing on your past mistakes, and living with regrets minimize your potential and lessens the possibilities for purposeful living.  

 A step in moving forward says there can be rewards after regrets. The rewards come in the form of lessons learned, or experiences that will empower you so that you can help someone else avoid making the same bad decisions or mistakes you made.  

Moving forward requires thinking differently.  Avoid suffering the consequences of unwise decisions by being intentional and consistent in life application of God’s Word.  His standards and principles are for our protection and good; for assuring us of His guidance and direction. Proverbs 3:6, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”  Can we honestly say we live by this principle?  ALL means ALL! Here’s a simple translation of that scripture, “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. (The Message)

I’m so thankful that God is gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy; otherwise, there may not be life after regret—specifically, had He not provided a plan of salvation through faith in His Son Jesus Christ (Ref. Romans, chapter 5; Ephesians, chapter 2). Being spiritually reborn and adopted into God’s family after living a lifestyle that was repugnant to His very nature, assures me that there is life after regret.  What a reason to say, “Thank you, Lord for life after regrets and for power to move forward!”

 

2010 Queen E. Phillips

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