It's a #flashbackfriday today! I unfortunately haven't managed my time well this past week and the few ideas I was working on just didn't make it to a point I was proud of. Since I am regretting my time-management lately, I felt this was the perfect post to share again! I hope you enjoy!
In my last post I touched on the concept that not all blessings come easy. This time I want to talk about one of the ultimate, but painful, blessings — regret.
I can only imagine that some of you are saying in your heads that there is absolutely no way regret could ever be a blessing. I beg to differ though. No doubt it sucks and is awful to experience, but I truly believe it to be one of the greatest possible blessings. Whether young or old, everyone has experienced a certain level of regret in their lives. Some regret the things that they have done and some regret the things they haven’t done — or even a combination of both!
I am by no way downplaying the pain and hardship of dealing with regret. It can eat us alive and it can haunt us, but if you’re still breathing there is a solution. Regret, in a nutshell, is the sad or disappointed feeling of wishing you had done things differently. Regret is the past holding on to your present — and it often has a mighty grip.
The beauty of regret is that it is one of the ultimate teachers.
With this mindset, regret can mean your present reclaims your past. When we know exactly what we wished we did differently, we know exactly what we need to be doing! We serve a redeeming God who loves giving second chances. We also serve a God who doesn’t desire us to be held by the past, but desires us to break into a free future with Him.
Regrets can be big and they can be small. We all know the big regrets, but sometimes even something as small as coming to the end of a day and looking back on how I spent my time throughout it can burden me with a degree of regret. When we know we could’ve done better, appreciated things more, or been more faithful it can start to feel heavy, but once again that’s not the end.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
The past is gone. There’s no changing it, but there is the ability to redeem it. The Lord loves to bring beauty from ashes and each new day we have is a chance to prayerfully allow Him to do just that. Whether it be something big that is burdening you, or it is something as small as a regretful comment or use of time, each day is an opportunity to create a present you’re fulfilled by and a past you’re proud of.