Regrets

Why is it that regrets haunt us? Make us feel like failures or ashamed of past behaviors or decisions?

It is because the devil wants us to focus on those regrets. He works his deception in our minds to make those past experiences a regret instead of a lesson learned and an opportunity to make positive changes moving forward. As I mentioned in a previous post, The Light, the devil is a master illusionist and knows how to attack me where I am weakest.

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A friend recently posted this video on her Facebook page and it was really a powerful thing to watch…  http://www.lifebuzz.com/never-late/.

Strangers on the streets of New York City listed out their regrets and they all had one thing in common- the use of one little three letter word- “not.”

It made me think about some of my regrets….

— Not reading my bible and spending time in prayer as much as I should wish

— Not exercising and eating more healthy earlier in my life

— Not taking those extra 5 minutes to snuggle with Macon when he needs it but I feel like I have too much housework to do

— Not going on enough dates with my husband

— Not letting that “last word” go unspoken

— Not being more responsible about money earlier in my life

— Not telling the people I love how much I care about them often enough

— Not taking a trip to Europe when I had the opportunity

— Not respecting my self enough

I could go on, there are so many things that I wish I could have done differently or opportunities I let pass me by.  But I am choosing NOT to let those regrets haunt me.  Instead, I am going to let the light shine and listen to God’s TRUTH.

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13

“For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s not regret for that kind of sorrow. But wordly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.”  2 Corinthians 7:10

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:19

For many of those things we consider “regrets” we actually learned something that CHANGED us and made us into a better person. We all have stumbling blocks along our journey in this world, it is important to recognize the lesson learned, the strength we gained, and how to make progress towards are ultimate prize.

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Let’s not let those regrets haunt us. The devil will NOT win for I will have VICTORY in Jesus Christ!

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Instead of regret, focus on how to make CHANGES for the future!
For me- some of those things have already started to change:
I do make exercise and healthy eating a part of my life now…
I am trying to read my bible more (to build up my Core of Support) and pray to God to light the way…
With the help of my husband, I am learning to be a good steward of our money and other blessings….
I am learning to respect myself and trying to keep my mouth shut when there is no need to continue speaking…
I will TREASURE any snuggle time I can manage with Macon and quality alone time with Jonathan…
I will be more intentional about connecting and loving my friends and family and letting them know their value in my life…
And one day, I will go to Europe with my husband!
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