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Have you ever done something that you later regretted? Maybe you missed an opportunity or said something you wish you hadn’t. Whatever the case may be, regret is usually a result of a lack of focus and self-discipline. It is wishing you had done something differently in your past: a feeling often accompanied by sadness, shame, and guilt.
We must discipline ourselves so that we won’t have to live with the shame and guilt of our past mistakes. Nathan Whitley once said, “The pain of regret is much greater than the pain of self-discipline.” If you don’t learn to deal with it properly, regret will cause you to beat yourself up for making a bad decision, messing up or blowing an opportunity.
Although it is one of the toughest things to do, we must learn to forgive ourselves and keep moving forward in order to get out from under the pain of regret. As you live for Christ, purpose not to repeat the same mistakes, and you will learn to make better choices — choices you won’t regret later on. As I often say, “A life lived for Christ is a life with no regrets.”
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, January 18, 2016 @ 9:12 AM MDT
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