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Monday, February 21, 2011

Living With or Without Regret

Ever wish you could start over?  Probably all of us have longed for another chance in some area of our lives.  We wouldn't necessarily have done things differently, just more or perhaps less.

The truth is we can't go back, only forward into uncharted territory.  To sit in our sorrow would lead to misery.  Although regret that leads to change is a dear friend, regret that leads to shame is a treacherous enemy.

So how do we live without allowing regret to rob us of our joy?  How about this insight to prompt us on:  "Lean not on your own understanding" (Proverbs 3:5).

Sometimes, we are so certain we know something, we don't really.  Know what I mean?  There is no guarantee that if we had done a part of our lives differently things would end up any different.  We have to trust the God of the universe who directs the outcome of all things that he will do that which ultimately needs to be done (in spite of us, if necessary).

<i><u>Laughter for a Woman's Soul</u> by Patsy Clairmont</i>

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