Regret is such a small word that packs such huge consequences.
If we’re all honest with ourselves, there are some decisions we made at some point…knowingly or unknowingly at the time…that we can look back on and wish we had chosen differently.
…If someone is going through a preventable illness, it’s likely they wish they would’ve taken better care of their health.
…If they’ve experienced a bad divorce or a broken relationship, especially with their children, it’s likely there are many “if I had only…” regrets.
…If someone made poor or costly decisions, hurt or deeply failed someone they love, wasted precious time or resources, or failed monumentally in an important part of life, it’s likely they wish they could turn back time.
There are many situations in life we can wish we had taken a different…and much better…path.
No matter what regrets you are facing today, please do not allow your regrets to define you. You are not a failure, a reject, or a loser. No, you are simply a human being who made a poor decision…or maybe you are having to live with the consequences of another person’s regretful actions or decisions.
We each are made in the image of God.
Think about that incredible truth!
Since we are each made in God’s image, we are all incredibly special, loved, and valuable…God still has a purpose and plan for each person’s life that only they can do.
God has the power to make EVERYTHING work together for our good if we love Him.
Something a friend shared with me awhile back really put this in perspective. I hope it encourages you:
“God can turn your mess into a message, your test into a testimony, He can turn you from being a victim into a victor, and He can give you great triumph from your trials. He can turn your scars into stars and your pain into a pulpit”
It’s true! No matter what has happened so far in your life, God is not finished with you yet! Nothing you have done…or anything someone has done to you…has made him love you any less. He genuinely loves you so very much!
Take time today to have an intimate conversation with God about your deepest guilts and regrets. Pour your heart out to Him and ask Him to help you to truly put your life back together.
Good things are to come. You can’t do anything about the past but God can do everything with your future.
~From the YouVersion Bible reading plan, ‘Grief Bites: Finding Treasure In Hardships’.
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🌷ROMANS 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
🌷PHILIPPIANS 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
🌷ROMANS 8:37-39, “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
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