What is Regret?
The word regret can be broad-based.
Meanwhile we are considering regrets as in disappointments and sadness as a result of an action or inaction.
When Do you Trust in your convictions:
- When you place God First.
- When you place Others above your interest
- When it’s not about yourself and your insatiable desires.
There are no regrets in life when you act based on strong belief in God and in the abilities He gave you.
Causes of Regret
Regrets only emanate when one acts without thinking about God and Others, but only thinks about SELF.
You will live with regrets when you put yourself where God has not, or desire things that God has not given you.
One biggest obstacle to progress is REGRET. Regrets are created by bad decisions outside of God’s perfect Plan.
One way to overcome your past regrets is to start over, but this time, put God and Others above SELF.
“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,”
Acts 3:19 NKJV
The Bible way to overcome regrets is to Judge yourself.
“For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.”
I Corinthians 11:31 NKJV
My personal few regrets in life has come from when I acted without God.
And I knew at the time, God was not in it.
And you will always know God is not in it if you will be true to yourself.
I have NOT a single regret in any decision I ever made that I knew God was in the center.
It doesn’t also mean that when God is in it, all decisions will achieve your anticipated outcome.
God in His omniscience may have a different outcome for you due to a future purpose but that doesn’t leave regrets in your life, rather lessons and experience.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:28 NKJV
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
James 1:2-4 NKJV
Walking in God’s Perfect will doesn’t guarantee pain-free life, but definitely regret-free life.
There’s no regret marrying a person you believed God led you to and whom you also loved, and yet things don’t turn up right.
What will be the regret in the above? That you walked by conviction and obeyed God and did that which was right for the partner? Certainly not.
Don’t regret creating opportunities for people and yet they turn against you.
Don’t regret feeding people, clothing people, sheltering people and at last they reward you with a stab in your face. It’s simply their nature, just like a snake whose nature it is to bite.
If you are called to do good to people, don’t let one ungrateful person change your life mission.
When you do good, do it as unto the Lord and expect almost nothing from the beneficiaries of your life, in that case, you will have no regrets arising out of ungratefulness.
The summary of our lives goal should read as;
“But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”
Acts 20:24 NKJV
Simply walk with the audience of One and ensure that God is in the center of every decision of your life.
Place Others above yourself and be a servant to all.
Don’t take any action that your whole being cannot be involved in. If you die in that process, it’s not martyrdom but foolish death.
I want to say at the end of my life;
“I have fought the good fight, I have finishekd the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day.”
II Timothy 4:7-8
Elvis Eben-Baffour, Sr
Christ’s Oasis Ministries
Airport City, Accra