I have had quite a few regrets in my life, but I’ve learned that rather than live with those regrets in the present I can turn those into learning experiences from the past.
But many people aren’t as lucky (or smart). They carry their regrets like a backpack full of nothing but rocks. Unfortunately carrying such a backpack can lead to some misfortuned misadventures.
Relationships gone bad can be some huge boulders to carry. What’s so funny is that we keep carrying these boulders. If you’ve never tried to carry a boulder with your bare hands, let me assure you, they are very uncomfortable, and can be quite slippery without the need for extra oil.
Our relationship with God can be a boulder if we allow it to. Let’s face it: God can (and will)Â put us in some extreme situations. But here’s where God is really great: He won’t add any extra oil! (Yeah, right now you’re thinking “Awesome!”) What God will do is adjust the size of the boulder to be a bigger challenge! (Uh Oh!)
But God won’t do this right away. First He will allow your body to strengthen itself…to get used to thesize of the boulde and to hauling it around. THEN when He sees you are doing better THEN he will either increase the size of the boulder, or allow you to put the boulder down to pick up yet a bigger one. (Gee thanks Lord! You’re really helping me out there!)
Friends…this is the life of a Christian. It’s NEVER easy, and if it is, then SOMETHING is wrong! Sure, it may seen easy at first, but if you’re relationship with God hasn’t gotten to the point where you’re thinking of giving up, then something is not right.
Now you may be thinking: “What has all this to do with regrets?”
Well I’ll tell you: I’ve had many regrets in my life: I’ve let many people (family and friends) down. I’ve been turned down. I’ve also failed many times to live up to my full potential. And I can’t even mention the many times that I’ve kept my mouth shut when God has lead me to open it.
But I can’t change what’s in the past. There are people that I will never see again, and opportunities that have slipped by. Even if I could climb into Marty McFly’s Flux Capacitor power Delorean, there is nothing I’d really want to change about my past, because my past has made me into the man I am today. (Besides, I have tried unsuccessfully to get into a Delorean, and believe me…it was very unsuccessful! ðŸ™‚ )
I may not be any wiser, because I am still capable of making mistakes. But I won’t let even a HUGE mistake ruin my day…or my life.
How about you? Are you willing to learn from your mistakes and have you? Or are you still dragging your past into the present (or future)? What’s holding you back from moving forward?