Failure Is Never As Painful As Regret!
"I would rather regret some of my failures in life
than to live my life failing to forget my
In other words, failing at something and getting
back up is much less painful than to look back and
regret not doing something (or doing something)
and not being able to go back and change the
outcome. Each one of us has failed at something in
life, some of us more than others. Some of our
mishaps we have forgotten, others may still be
eating away at us like a disease. I would think
it's much easier to recall our failures in life
than to bring up some of our regrets we may have.
Neither failure nor regret can we change from our
past, but we can chose to heal our regrets.
Did Jesus experience failures? Jesus was made
perfect in the sight of God, but he also was a
person with human emotions and characteristics. I
would guess at times he felt things may not be
going his way and failure may have been his
feeling of choice at that moment. Maybe the only
time he had a regret was when he went up to pray
on the Mt. of Olives the night before his
crucifixion and cried out to God to take the
world's burden off his shoulders. But even then
he knew in his heart God's purpose for his life
and it wasn't supposed to be full of any regrets.
Do you have any regrets today that need healing?
If you think about it you probably can find one or
two. Can you do something about it? In one or
more cases you probably can. Will you do anything
about it? That's up to you. Just think how freeing
and uplifting that would feel if you had one less
regret, not to mention what it might do for the
other people involved. Maybe you need to forgive
someone or maybe you need to ask someone to
forgive you. The bible says, "Get along with each
other, and forgive each other. If someone does you
wrong, forgive that person as the Lord forgave
you" Colossians 3:13.
I happened to be an adopted child at 5 days old. I
grew up around my biological family of four
siblings. I chose not to have a relationship with
them for thirty-six years for a number of reasons
that were not good ones. It was only until last
year in a hospital shared by my adopted mother and
their father (not my biological father) that God
gave me an opportunity to voice to all of them in
one room of my regrets. Growing up I regretted not
being a close brother for all those years when I
had the chance to. I regretted not being an uncle
to their children when they didn't understand my
actions. And I regretted my prideful nature of
thinking it was their choice to come to me. All
this didn't change the past, yet it built some
bridges so we could move forward. But, in some
creative way of God's in that hospital room that
summer day, eight people came together from all
over the country. Maybe, just maybe for the reason
that one of us or all of us could walk away that
day having one less regret to remember. In what
originally were two people having life threating
surgeries turned out to be a miracle of God's.
Coincidence? I don't believe so. God's perfect
plan? Yes, I have no doubt. Do I feel better by
healing that regret? You bet! Yes, I do regret
some of my failures, but there's one regret I will
be able to forget for the rest of my life.
Bob talked about the beatitudes this weekend. What
better way to be merciful, and a peacemaker than
to take care of a regret.
How do you think Jesus felt after he was
resurrected from the grave? Glad he did it? Yes!
What will you do this week to be able to forget
one or more of your regrets in life? Will you be
merciful? Will you be a peacemaker? Or will you
push it away again, OR WILL YOU ACT?
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