The Ratty Sweater of Regret

It’s a New Year. How do you see this New Year that is approaching? Is it with much hope, joy and anticipation of what is to come or is it with heartaches, regrets and much disappointment that you say goodbye to the year that’s past. Do you see it as another chance to live the life God intended for you or do you see it as just more of the same. I have to say that I have for many years now lived in the past of heartaches and regrets. When we spend so much time looking into our past we can never move forward into the future. I don’t know about you but the past has been my comfortable home for quite some years now. Living in past hurts, past events and regrets. Things I wish I could change but are impossible to redo because they are over. Unfortunately they have happened and there is absolutely nothing we can do to change them although we try so hard to do that. Apologies are made and we wait for forgiveness that never comes and we finally realize that it probably never will and so we settle into regret like a favorite sweater that becomes old and worn, pilling and unraveling and yet we refuse to take it off. Well lately I have come to the conclusion that I don’t like the old sweater any longer so I’m not going to wear it anymore. I’ve taken it off and oh my goodness what a beautiful women I found under that ratty old thing. If you are tired of your old sweater of heartaches, regrets and disappointments may I suggest you take yours off as well and allow the beautiful woman that you are to shine through.

It is a New Year a new beginning after all. Living in the past full of heartache and regrets, wearing them like an old ratty sweater is not where God wants us. He’s not there. His name is I AM not I WAS. He is in the present and the future and I think I’m going to live there now. I think it just might be a much more vibrant and alive outfit to wear than the old ratty sweater. So check me out next time you see me. I’ll be sporting that oh so stylist up to date outfit called present. Try one on for yourself and come with me. I think you will like it there.

A few scriptures come to mind. 2 Cor 5:17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. That’s how I feel this New Year. All things have become new.

Phil 3:12-14 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Leave the past behind. Look forward to the New Year with much hope and anticipation.

This year I am so hopeful for the year that lies ahead and I move forward in this new life of hope. Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead….. Wise words of course and I believe I will go ahead and follow them.  Come along with me. What have you got to lose? Oh I know heartaches, regrets and disappointments.

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  1. Alona Redden says:

    Nice job – we all must remember that forgiveness is unilateral – you forgive for you and your relationship with God. One should never expect the other person to acknowledge or accept it. You don’t even have to tell that person because you do it for you! If that person asks you at some point if you would forgive them, you can then say ‘you have already been forgiven’. Maybe this could even lead into a discussion about forgiveness and your relationship to the Father :-) . In His Love, Alona

    December 31st, 2014
  2. pat larson says:

    Excellent way to start the new year. Thank you Beth!

    January 1st, 2015

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