Hope That Overcomes Every Regret

Our lives can be consumed with regrets IF we allow regret to flourish. I could write a book on my personal regrets. What might I regret one can ask? It is when I should’ve; could’ve done things differently. I could’ve been more loving without judging.  I should’ve been a friend to one who has none, to smile at those I meet rather than being focused on my agenda any given day or time. I regret my failures in life, which are many, and could easily continue this regret carrying the baggage into some if not all other parts of my life.

Do you have regrets?  How about the times in life when you should’ve, would’ve, could have done things differently and now regret that you didn’t? If you are living in regret, I challenge you to give it up to the LORD. It is not His will to live with regrets as all it does is hold us back from His best.

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Paul says in Phil. 3:13-15Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way.”

A regret can and will tear our hearts up if we let it. There is nothing we can do about the things we regret except to give them up. Beating ourselves up does no good except, and in a real way, showing others that God’s grace isn’t enough to wipe out our regrets. God’s grace is the only thing that can and does make the gnawing feeling of regret stop. God gave us The Gift of Prevailing Hope through Jesus Christ. He forgives us of every sin, every regret, and time we ask Him. Then we can live effectively with joy. His forgiveness as we forgive ourselves will make it a new moment; a new today; a new second chance.

To live in regret boils down to a choice we make. I’ve done many things that I regret. Sometimes the toughest part was to forgive myself. But by God’s grace I’ve learned to accept His anointing and forgiveness. It set me free to pursue the LORD with no regrets; pressing on to live my life to the fullness of my ability by His grace.

A different type of the regret is when I did something and latter wish I had not done it but…did. This list includes eating that lonely donut that I didn’t need. It also includes my stubbornness, losing my temper and words that fly out of my mouth before my brain kicks in.

Do you have any “wish I wouldn’t haves” in your life? Every type of regret is a waste of our time and energies. It is a waste of time as we cannot go back in time and do it over. Wishing we could will not change anything. It will consume us and keep us from being at one’s best. Sure we can learn from our regrets but after we ask the LORD’s forgiveness; it is unwise to dwell in these vast wastelands of self-imposed guilt.  I challenge myself and you – to move on. May we repent of our regrets and accept the LORD’s forgiveness and as Paul said, “press on.” 2 Cor. 12:9 But Jesus said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

by the grace of God!

by the grace of God!

 

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The Value of YOU

Many people think Christmas is about Santa and pretty lighted trees and getting gifts.  Most people think Christmas is about giving to others. One Person gave His All as Christmas is really about  the value of YOU.

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We live in a world that no longer values human life. It grieves my heart. How many precious souls with potentials as great doctors, leaders, researchers for medical cures and valued human lives are murdered?  – http://www.worldometers.info/abortions/ 

Many countries and even in some states in America now allow people the right to die. Canada recently joined up giving those who are sick and even those who don’t want to go on living the right to end their life.  Canadians have right to doctor-assisted suicide

Back in the 1980’s a guy by the name of Jack Kevorkian -aka Dr. Death or Jack the Dripper, “helped” 130 people die. Yes, these people were suffering and many had Multiple Sclerosis. I am not belittling suffering. I experience it on a daily basis.  So what is missing in the world today where we causally allow the killing of humans beings without regard to the Great Creator and His plans for these precious lives? If we simply acknowledge the LORD and His purposes for our lives rather than dwell on life from the secular view point perhaps we wouldn’t be hasty to take the gift of life God has given us and take it without regard or fear/respect for our Creator or His plans for us. Regardless, how we think our lives should be; ultimately God has a good plan for our life, one with a future and a hope. We have lost the fear of Almighty God when we don’t value life He has given us or the lives of others.

Multiple Sclerosis along with many other physical challenges remind me every day that I must choose life. Choosing life means purposely living the best day possible. Yes, I am in chronic pain that limits me. I have been paralyzed and blind and didn’t think I would see the age of 30 as the disease progressed quickly early on.  It was when M.S. hit me in my early 20’s I knew I had to find Hope. I found my Prevailing Hope in Jesus Christ.  I came to the point that I knew even IF things got real bad and I was bedridden and could only open my eyes and smile; I would do that for the glory of God. The Word of God gives us a choice and it is this verse in Deut. 30:19  that became real to me:

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life

Besides the many examples in the Bible of those who went through difficult struggles, some to the point of death; I have been inspired by many who live today who face insurmountable odds yet choose life and live for the glory of God purposely with passion.  No life is not easy for them but they recognize life as being the gift it is from our Great Creator. He is the Potter and we are the clay. The following are just a few who have inspired and touched my life by their lives.

Choosing life is no matter how hard life gets is the choice I will make. It is always easy? NO. But God gives us the grace we need as we seek Him. He has put great value on not just my life, but yours. YOU (we) are ultimately the reason Christ came to this earth. He came to redeem us from our sin (for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God) as we needed a Savior.  God made The Way, gave us The Answer and gave us The Life all bundled up in a manger. His Name is Jesus.

For God So Loved the World (YOU)

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

The bottom line is no matter what you face, no matter the trials, no matter the deep hurts or daily chronic pain you may experience your life has great worth and value. So much that God gives YOU the choice of choosing life  everlasting or refusing it. The Word of God even tells us it is His will that we choose life…but He will allow us to choose death.  Dear One, keep in mind the wages of sin is death and it is not simply not existing anymore, it is a place of torment.  I urge you to make the choice for ( Christ) – Life during this Christmas season when God gave His Son as evidence of His great love and value for YOU.

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And Merry Christmas to YOU and those you love!

Christ is The Way. He is The Prevailing Hope we have. Jesus

Christ Jesus is The Only Way.
He is The Prevailing Hope we have.