“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” ~ Isaiah 43:18
The last few days, for whatever reason, I’ve been thinking about things in my life that I’d like to change. Or do again. Or avoid at all costs. Basically, my brain has been winding down the different paths of things that I regret in my life.
The interesting thing I’ve notice is that the piles of regret don’t get bigger as I get older. In fact, I feel like I have fewer wishes for second chances than at any other point in my life. Maybe it’s because I’m a sleep-deprived new mom. But I actually think it’s because the older I get, the less I worry about little things that I can’t do anything about.
All that to be said, there’s only a handful of things that I truly wish I could do over again. And really only one thing that I can do anything about, but I’m too afraid to take on that kind of change. So I try to do what Isaiah instructs me to do and not dwell on it.
In your own life, you probably feel like I do – that there are things you wish you could change. But I think the Bible includes one like today’s verse for a reason. It can be dangerous living in the past, because you feel like you could really control the outcome of a situation when you know all the pieces going into it. Yet dwelling in the past isn’t healthy, because it obliterates your ability to focus on the future. And the future is where our focus should be – in eternity with Christ.
So don’t let past wishes and regrets drag you down this week. Hand them over to God and start focusing on what He has for you to do in the present.