Leave Regrets in the Past – February 25 Inspiration

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.

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

  2. 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.

  3. You cant change the past so leaving those regrets behind are good. I try to live in the present.
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  4. I do not have regrets. I consider that lessons learned and wont make that decision again.

  5. 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?

  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. I always tell myself no regrets… but it is so hard to actually live. Sometimes forgiving yourself is the hardest.

  9. I truly try to think so I have few regrets.. has been a long road to get to this point!
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  10. Sometimes I hold onto my regret but not all the time, it will make our lives complicated.

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

  13. 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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  14. 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!

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

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

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