“Avoid Regret…Avoid Impaired Driving”, said the sign on the highway to Memphis on a beautiful, sunny afternoon recently. Immediately I began to ponder the application God gave me with these few simple words.
2 Corinthians 7:10 (ESV) – For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
For so very long I thrived on “Regret”. “Regret” was my long lost friend who went with me on one journey after another, always the back seat driver that told me where to go, how to drive, where to turn, when to slow down, which turn to take. “Regret” always whispered in my ear reminding me always of the place from which I had just come. “Regret” was the still, small voice that told me all about myself and kept me in the “woe is me” mentality. I would pick up that lonely hitchhiker when things became too hard, when life would just show up, when my insecurities would overshadow the good things in my life. My mom always told me not to pick up hitchhikers on the side of the road, stangers looking for a ride to nowhere but somewhere. The problem was, picking up “Regret” was easy, because “Regret” wasn’t a stranger to me. It was another excuse I used to continue driving on my road to insanity.
Isaiah 43:18-19 (ESV) – “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
How many times do we hold onto “Regret”, choosing to pick it up and keep in our car so we can feel sorry for ourselves and get others to cosign our craziness? Who is really driving the car we are in? Are we driving, impaired by “Regret”? Or have we let Jesus take the wheel? Who is really driving us to our future?
It’s time to put “Regret” back on the road to nowhere and leave it behind. However, here is a warning… “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear”, so dont turn around to pick it back up. It’s a trick of the eyes and the heart. Put “Regret” on the highway with its baggage that is too heavy for you to carry and move on. Look out the front window and don’t look back.
Proverbs 4:25-27 (NIV) – Olet your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directy before you. 26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. 27 Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.