People that say that they live their life with no regrets are either lying or have no goals. I think it’s safe to say that I have probably 10 to 15 regrets per day. Let’s take today for instance. I woke up and wish I’d went running but instead I can’t even remember what I did. Regret number one. Redbox blessed me with another half interesting movie that I watched by myself. Regret number two, watching the movie. Regret number three watching Sherlock Holmes. I wanted to make myself some eggs for breakfast but the thought of preparing food for myself, alone, was depressing, so I just ate cereal. So when I went running later in the day I was hungry because I didn’t make eggs. Regret number five. The sun was out in full force when I did decide to go running and it was miserably hot. Regret number six.
(It’s amazing how not doing something can be a regret and then once you do it you regret it equally much.)
Now you might say, “Page those are all stupid regrets and when people are talking about living with no regrets they are talking more about big life decision regrets.” So I’ll take some time to address the big life decision regrets that I have now too. I have credit card debt from over-spending on good things and bad. Regret. I have hooked up with girls selfishly that I wish I hadn’t hooked up with. Regret. I never did a main stage play in college. Regret. I didn’t make good grades in high school, something that I could have easily done. Regret. I didn’t make good grades in college, something that I could have easily done. Regret. I flew to Wisconsin. Regret. I got into an argument with my sister and pushed her down. Regret. I’ve made a lot of people angry with me because of the way I spoke to them. Regret. I have spent a lot of time doing stupid things like playing video games, reading news articles, and watching the news. Regret.
While you live your life, there are regrets, big and small, each and every day that you encounter. Just because you don’t call them regrets doesn’t mean that they aren’t. Things that you wish didn’t happen. Some regrets are simple and some aren’t so simple. Now you can take these regrets and chose to let them run your life, always feeling guilty for things, or you can repent of them and turn and follow Jesus.
If you tell me that you’ve lived life with no regrets then I won’t believe you. Because there is at least one thing in your life that you wish you’d have done differently. Even if you have regrets, that doesn’t matter because living life isn’t about living with no regrets but rather loving God and loving the orphan, the widow, and the stranger.
Things to think about:
-Hanging a towel to dry in the bathroom, the moistest room in the house.
-Carrie Bradshaw beating Kramer by two in Entertainment Weekly’s 100 best characters of the last 20 years. Get real.
-What type of awesome stuff is in the White House that we don’t know about.
-Obama taking a vacation during the 40 day oil spill
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