No Regrets

“Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.”  C.S. Lewis

What do you regret?

We’ve all done things we regret.

To get you thinking, here are four different kinds of regrets.

  • Foot in the mouth regrets.  I can’t tell you how many things I’ve said something I regret.  It’s not that I like the taste of show leather.  It’s just that I don’t always think before I speak.
  • Lack of words or action regrets.  How many times have I kept my mouth shut when I should have spoken up?  This happens when I don’t speak up or stand up for someone or something when I could have made a difference.
  • Bearer of bad news regrets.  This is typically started with a phrase like, “I regret to inform you that….”  This is a regret that we are in a position of responsibility to share difficult news.
  • Regrets from sinfulness or poor decisions.  We’ve all done something that’s wrong.  We’ve lied.  We’ve stolen something.  We’ve cut someone down physically or verbally.  When we come to the realization that we did something wrong, we are left with regret, embarrassment, and the consequences of our actions.

We’re all human.  We all deal with regret.

Dwelling on our regrets leaves us in a position of hopelessness.  When we stay in the land of regrets, we fail to grow, we get depressed, and we demonstrate a lack of faith in God.

I don’t know what you have in your past.  I don’t know what you’ve done (or not done) that leaves you with regret.

It’s time to move forward.  You need to know that God still loves you – even when you mess up.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38-39

How do you move forward after doing something you regret?