Are You Being Bullied by Regret?

FTI pin Today Mother Teresa

Regret is like a bully on the playground of our minds.

He’s nasty and mean, and he doesn’t fight fair.

He sneaks up behind you, tripping you up with a memory from your unforgotten past.

He kicks you when you’re down, spitting out insults. He calls you names like “worthless” and “stupid” and tells you that “you will never change” and “there is no hope for you.”

I’ve dealt with this issue a lot in my life and I’ve come to realize that the reason regret holds such power over us is that it is often laced with truth.

We surely have made mistakes. We may have taken a wrong turn and allowed our failures to lead us down a dead-end road.

Years pass. And there we stand, in some dreary and dark place we’d rather not be, rehearsing our guilt in slow motion and going nowhere fast.

But there is a way out, a way through, a way to get past the past and move forward into the future.

It’s the way of forgiveness.

We must receive God’s forgiveness. Then we must give ourselves that same gift.

Because when we begin to forgive ourselves, we will stop the momentum of regret. We’ll find the strength to stand up to that bully.

We may walk away with some scuffs and bruises, but we will be okay. We will be free!

This post from Jon Acuff puts a humorous spin on this topic. Maybe it will encourage you as it did me.

Be blessed!

3 thoughts on “Are You Being Bullied by Regret?

  1. I have been bullied by this particular bully more than I can say. I love your wisdom that regret is so powerful because it is laced with truth. I l also love the prescription to accept forgiveness. For so many of us, forgiving is not as hard as accepting that we are forgiven.

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  2. Today in church we sang joyfully “all our sins are washed away, washed away.” With a Savior who fully forgives us, how can we not treat ourselves as kindly as He does. Your Mother Teresa quote is true!
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