Making the right decision comes with a good dose of anxiety and impending stress. Days and weeks of angst follow and for some, once you find yourself in a tight corner, out comes the decision. On other days, the choices are plenty and decisions are easy to make. Over the years, God taught us to live without regret. If we live without regret, we live by faith and trust, in God.
We are thankful for the variety of experiences we have shared to date, as people and as a couple. Some situations left us with regret, as we let ourselves imagine ‘what if’. A life of ‘what ifs’ starts with pride, envy, jealousy and compare ourselves to others. There is nothing God-directed in that at all. Taking that path separates us from God’s will for us and ultimately ends in regret (pun intended!).
My husband and I to live without regret. The Bible tells us God has no regrets, setting the standard for us, in 1 Samuel 15:29. We are reminded that we are made in His image, and can be transformed and like Him more every day, as we walk in our faith. It is a long and tough journey but I can honestly affirm, every minute is worth it.
It could be decisions about work, buying a house or car, starting a family or how to spend your earnings. The minute I focus on regret, I ignore the lesson God is teaching me and choose to focus on self. Focus on self can feel really good, when one is moody or down. After a while, it becomes boring, tasteless and meaningless. You start to question yourself, ‘Is this it? Is this really it?’ The battle of the mind officially takes over. Winning at this point is a pipe dream!
1 Chronicles 12:38 highlights the blessing of unity and single-mindedness. If it worked for King David and the nation of Israel, it works for all people. The tough result of being lukewarm or double-minded is that God promises rejection, as Revelation 3:16 points out. How good it is to know that God allows U-turns! 2 Corinthians 3:19 – restoration comes from the Lord! We can trust God for restoration, help and forgiveness. Truly, we can depend on Him. Try it – you will not regret it!