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.