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Leave Regrets in the Past – February 25 Inspiration

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Leave regrets in the past. Usually easier said than done! Obviously it’s compassionate and appropriate to feel bad for things we have done wrong, for bad choices, for mistakes, and to do what we can to repair damages, ask for forgiveness, or otherwise “fix” what we can. But then, the best action is to learn from our mistakes and move forward, applying what we have learned to avoid repeating mistakes, and not live with those regrets weighing us down.

 

 

 

Here is today’s inspirational thought…

 

“Regret is ruining the lives of countless people

by stealing their joy.

Certainly you have things you wish

you had done differently.

But there is no sense becoming burdened with regret

over something you have no power to change.

You need to understand this is the way the devil works.

God will warn you so you can change your mind

before you make a mistake.

Satan waits until it’s too late,

 when you can no longer do anything about it,

and then tries to heap regret and condemnation upon you.

Don’t allow Satan to steal from you any longer.

Ask God for forgiveness, if you haven’t already,

and leave your regrets in the past.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”

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My reflections:

I’m one who tends to hold onto things, so trying to let go of regrets is difficult, especially when I’m still dealing with effects today of those things I regret from the past. Yet I know, as this devotional says, there’s nothing I can do to change the past, and dwelling on these regrets only makes me feel worse. I think the secret is not only to ask God, and others as appropriate, for forgiveness, but to RECEIVE the forgiveness and move forward. Kind of like unlocking and removing the padlock on a gate and going through it.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you tend to hold onto regrets?

When you let go of those regrets, do you feel as if a weight has lifted?

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Our two yellow/orange tabbies- Mr. Tabs and little Minnie.
Our two yellow/orange tabbies- Mr. Tabs and little Minnie.

27 Comments

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I have very few regrets, but the ones I do are big ones.

    25 . Feb . 2016
  2. Lana B.

    Regrets can really make you feel awful, and they eat away at you. They do affect your heart and mind.
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    25 . Feb . 2016
  3. Terri Ramsey Beavers

    I can’t think of any regrets I have. I’ve always left my regrwets in the past.

    25 . Feb . 2016
  4. Glenda

    Beautifully expressed. I agree, regret robs you from living a fulfilling life. I’ve been there, and had to forgive myself. But most importantly, I had to realize God forgave me too.

    25 . Feb . 2016
  5. Ana De- Jesus

    I agree let us leave our regrets in the past and focus on what we have in the future!
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    25 . Feb . 2016
  6. tara pittman

    You cant change the past so leaving those regrets behind are good. I try to live in the present.
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    25 . Feb . 2016
  7. Debbie Denny

    I do not have regrets. I consider that lessons learned and wont make that decision again.

    25 . Feb . 2016
  8. Healing Tomato

    It is definitely easier said than done, Haha. I try not to have any regrets
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    25 . Feb . 2016
  9. Elizabeth O.

    I try to think of bad choices as lessons for the future, at least that’s how I see it now. There’s no use in having regrets, really, it’s just another room for negativity and who needs that in their lives, right?

    26 . Feb . 2016
  10. Eugenia

    Love this quote! Living no regrets! I would add just another great quote by Robert Redford “I have no regrets, because I’ve done everything I could to the best of my ability.”
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    26 . Feb . 2016
  11. Claudette

    I have no regrets. Everything was a lesson that helped me to be the woman I am today.
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    26 . Feb . 2016
  12. Shaylee

    I don’t think there is anything I regret in my life and I definitely try not to hold on to them if I do make a bad decision. Life is about learning!
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    26 . Feb . 2016
  13. Mary Ann Garson

    same here, no regrets ever, win or lose. great post, thank you.
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    26 . Feb . 2016
  14. Amy Jones

    The past is the past we got to let go the bad things and keep the knowledge we got from those experiences.
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    26 . Feb . 2016
  15. Tiffany Hathorn

    One thing I have heard that I love was something along the lines of “don’t look in the past – you’re not headed that way”. So very true! You can’t change it, so why stress over it. It is easier said than done, but so worth the attempt.
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    26 . Feb . 2016
  16. Amber

    I think you have to forgive yourself. Live and learn from your mistakes, and make amends. Then move on.
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    26 . Feb . 2016
  17. Mhaan A.

    As much as possible I don’t hold on to my regrets because it really makes your life a bit complicated.
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    26 . Feb . 2016
  18. Doran @ Haute Beauty Guide

    I always tell myself no regrets… but it is so hard to actually live. Sometimes forgiving yourself is the hardest.

    26 . Feb . 2016
  19. Eileen Kelly

    I truly try to think so I have few regrets.. has been a long road to get to this point!
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    27 . Feb . 2016
  20. Lexie Lane

    Sometimes I hold onto my regret but not all the time, it will make our lives complicated.

    27 . Feb . 2016
  21. Vi Dotter

    One of my key mantras is to keep looking forward and not be bogged down with regrets. If you turn outcomes into “regrets” then you are not truly learning from them and embracing them as part of your life’s journey. Appreciating them as integral to what makes you – you!
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    28 . Feb . 2016
  22. Ana Fernandez

    I do regret some things but I guess it is just matter of time to leave this feeling in the past

    28 . Feb . 2016
  23. Ashley

    I definitely struggled with this in the past. Letting go of things and learning how to forgive myself for things has always been challenging, but the last few years I’ve taken time to take care of myself and that’s helped a lot. Great, reflective post!!
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    28 . Feb . 2016
  24. Ayesha Heart

    I have regrets from past but that don’t stop me or made me down. I always give my worries to God and asks for his direction. I am glad that everything is falling into right place now and all the glory to HIM.

    I love this post. Very inspiring. Thank you!

    28 . Feb . 2016
  25. April G

    Yes, It’s so important to leave regrets and face the future. Such a great message

    28 . Feb . 2016
  26. Top5life

    Past is very hard to leave behind. But, if one can do it in good time, one can definitely lead a good life.
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    29 . Feb . 2016
  27. CourtneyLynne

    I really don’t regret anything in life, even the bad thing have had really valuable life lessons

    29 . Feb . 2016

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