I recently ran across this photo on pinterest, and I related to the truth of the message.
It’s so easy to focus on what I could have or should have done. The painful sting of regret can fuel a raging fear that can become debilitating. However, no amount of regret will take me back in time and allow me to take a different path, speak different words, or make a different choice.
What’s done, is done. What I did, I did. What happened, happened.
So now what?
What can you do when the aftermath of your decisions leaves you aching with regret and, perhaps, even fearful of what’s to come?
For me, what it has boiled down to is faith. Faith in a perfect God who is love and a perfect love that casts out all fear.
– Isaiah 43:1 –
Fear not, I have redeemed you. I have called you by name. You are mine.
I have been redeemed from my past. I am covered by God’s perfect love. I belong to my Heavenly Father who protects me and transforms my reckless decisions to be used for His glory.
I can be paralyzed by fear or I can move forward in faith.
Faith isn’t easy.
Just when I feel like I’ve made it over the mountain something sneaks into my day and threatens to steal my joy and peace.
In those moments, I have to fight the should haves and could haves with faith. I have to take my thoughts captive. God’s word tells me that if I keep my mind on God, He will keep me in peace.
If you, like me, play the “what if” game. When thoughts sneak in from your past, consider trying these three things:
1. Remind yourself that God is using your past for His glory and that you are growing stronger and closer to Him as a result of what you’ve been through.
2. Pray and thank God that His perfect love casts out all your fear and for protecting you and working your mistakes together for good.
3. Take your thoughts captive and boldly step out in faith.