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”
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.
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?