Monday, January 9, 2012

Live Without Regret

In giving a run-down of her weekend, Madelyn said, "I didn't listen." As young as she is, a month away from being three, she had been processing what her lack of attention meant with regret. It's hard to know she's weighed down by her regret, so, I tried to help her let it go. The thing is . . . the love we have for Madelyn is incredibly huge, none of us want her to carry the weight of regret, we want her to learn from it . . . and move forward with freedom.  But.  No one escapes the power of regret, not even an almost three-year old.
Regret is produced from looking backwards, seeing how specific choices led to a disappointing, distressing, and even a disastrous outcome.
Regret becomes an obstacle to living freely.
Regret must be surrendered in order to move forward. 
Relief from the weight of regret comes through intentionally letting it go:
 "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light." (Matthew 11:28-30, NLT)
Christ will use our regret to teach us the way to live in wholeness and Christ will take the weight of it, freeing us to move forward.  When the weight of regret is gone, we receive supernatural peace as well as the gift of wisdom, enabling us to move in a new direction.  It's what supernatural transformation is all about.
But.  There's a difference between knowing Christ lifts the weight and pressures from your personal regret and believing He will take your stuff on. Living free from the weight of regret requires you to surrender with confident belief 'God's got it," with a view of you as a prized possession not a failure.
We can be sure, no matter what we've done, God wants and will take the weight of our regret, enabling us to move forward: He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession (James 1:18, NLT). 
You are Christ's prized possession . . . through a never-ending love Christ will teach you lessons from the regret . . . taking the weight of regret away . . . when you surrender it all.
Learning to Kickstart the day living without regret.
(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)