Sitting around the table, laughing, sharing and then the question was asked, “What do you regret most from 2011?” Things got quiet. That one powerful word- “regret”- immediately changed the mood. As each person recalled perceived mistakes and past sins, a “weightedness” came over us. Regrets don’t lead anywhere. They often stall us and prevent us from growing and progressing. Regrets usually carry guilt with them, but we are the “uncondemned.” In the silence of the moment I thought, “Want What Is.” Could the idea apply to the past? Why not? Under a God who has accomplished the end already according to His perfect plan, a God, who as our pastor says, “…uses what He hates to accomplish what He loves,” we of all people can say, “I wouldn’t have chosen that path, but because God is my father, I want what is.”
Words you can’t take back, a relationship you should have ended earlier, not realizing the road your teen was headed down, missing opportunities to play with your little ones, buying that unneeded item, hurting your husband….regrets. Don’t let them weigh you down any longer. Repent, ask forgiveness, and want the path you have trod, it is in His hands. God is the God of second, third, fourth…..chances. He can redeem anything. Anything.