No Regrets

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why did I do that?” or “What was I thinking?”

Or have you said to yourself, “That was stupid, I shouldn’t have done that!”

I’m sure every one of us can say those things about different things we have done in life. We all make mistakes, we all mess up, and we all sin. And when we do something like that, those thoughts and questions go through our minds.

For example, I have been kicking myself the last couple days because of something I did a few months ago. What I did wasn’t anything wrong in any sense. I didn’t sin or violate any of God’s commands. I just made a stupid, impulsive decision.

No regrets. That’s what I keep telling myself about the decision I made. Regret means to feel sad or sorry about. I saw a statement on Wikipedia that I really liked, “Regret is the emotion of wishing one had made a different decision in the past, because the consequences of the decision were unfavorable. Regret is related to perceived opportunity.”

If I regret what I did, it is because I think my opportunity would be different now than what it is. Do I really know if I would be different now or would I have messed up elsewhere. I don’t know and at the end of the day, I can’t dwell on that!

I think Paul summed it up best in Philippians 3:13-14.

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:13-14‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Paul had a past that he could have regretted and spent time feeling sorry about himself! He spent so much time hunting down and killing Christians. He enjoyed persecuting Christians! He had a life that he had every right to regret!

Paul says he is forgetting his past and reaching forth to that which is ahead. He is forgetting the life that he controlled and reaching forth to the life that the Lord is controlling! Paul didn’t have time to waste on regretting all the evil things he had done, he was trying to make best use of the time he had left to serve the Lord!

No regrets! Don’t let the past control your future! Reach forth to that which is ahead! Reach forth to that which the Lord wants you to accomplish!

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The Trying That Works

“Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:3-4 

We have all heard the saying, “Have faith in God, He will take care of you!” If you are like me, that is easier said than done. I know I am supposed to have faith in God. I know He will take care of me. I know all that and yet I still struggle with it!

It is hard to have faith in someone who you can’t see. It is hard to have faith in someone who you can’t hear. It is hard to have faith in someone who when you talk to them doesn’t verbally talk back.

It is trying! It is trying to have faith when nothing goes your way! You look around and see good things happening to other people and you are still just sitting there waiting on God to take care of you, all because you are having faith in God.

I am sure we all go through these emotions at some point or another in our life, asking ourselves is it worth it. Whether you ask yourself out loud or quietly in your heart and mind, we all ask.

I believe even the greatest, most spiritual Christians go through times where they feel like their faith isn’t working.

I love this verse here in James, where it says, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” God is going to try your faith. He will put it to the test. He does it, to make your faith stronger but also to work patience in your life.

We live in such a fast-paced society, where anything we want, we want it now. We need to learn patience now more than ever. God will try your faith, just to teach you patience.

Verse 4 tells us why we need patience, But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” If you have faith in God, and you learn to be patient with God, you will end up wanting nothing.

Too often, we run out of faith, we lose patience and we try to do life on our own and we end up in a bigger mess than before. If we would have just had patience, and let God do His thing, we would have ended up pretty good, wanting nothing.

So let God try your faith! Be patient with Him! He has everything under control!

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