Some mornings we wake up feeling completely and utterly stupid! We have acted unwisely or made stupid mistakes, and the memories haunt us. In these moments, we feel sick and want to isolate ourselves. Looking at the world today, we see a lot of terrible things. Many people want to dwell on the tragedies in life and may even begin to crumble under the weight of all the sadness and regret. Regret for dumb mistakes, misspoken words, unkind behaviors. But we need to consider a deeper question: What comes after regret? God reminds us in I John 1:9 that "If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." God doesn't want us to sit in the sin and regret and shame. Our God is loving and full of forgiveness and grace.
Life should be lived. It is meant to be experienced in all its many forms, to be embraced as a gift. When we dwell on the negative, we can forget that life is worth celebrating. We may forget that life itself is a miracle. It is a gift from God to the world. Don't get trapped in negativity. Learn to laugh and love and share because the positive things in life far outweigh the negatives. Try new things, meet new people, accomplish your dreams, bring others joy. How will you make the most of God's gift to you in the new year?
Ask your child...
What are some of the regrets you have?
What comes after regret or how do you move past regret?
How do you live when you think no one is watching?
Challenge your child...
Choose to live a life with no regrets - a life that makes God smile!
God of life, help me in this New Year to live each moment to the fullest, to make the most of every opportunity, to live each day without regrets and to give all the glory to you. Amen.