At one time or another everyone on this planet experiences regret in his or her life. It can be an overwhelming sensation that can control you mentally and spiritually if left unchecked. But this mental and spiritual Alcatraz has no place in our life according to God. I think its human nature for us to dwell on the past, to relive our transgressions with the deep voice of a sports caster sounding out all our mistakes as we watch them play out over and over again in our mind. But the simple truth of it is, they don’t matter any more.
Don’t get me wrong, they can still have their consequences in the natural but spiritually it’s a new day. People can choose to accept their past and let it define them, they can dwell on it until it consumes them, they can pretend it never happened, or you can simply let Christ cover it. Bishop Tony Miller puts it this way…God looks at our past redemptively. You see the past is just that, the past. It’s gone…and what you did, or thought, or said was covered two thousand some odd years ago before you or I ever showed up on this planet.
The way I see it, God put inside of every one of us a great destiny. We can choose to accept it and walk it out or we can go about our life doing what we do. I think this is a big reason why He doesn’t concern himself with the past. Because He is more concerned with us reaching that destiny than the things that were speed bumps in the road. It’s not that we can’t learn from or take something away from these little bumps, but at the end of the day they are just momentary slowdowns on the path through life. Thus this biggest challenge in our life becomes not overcoming the regrets and mistakes of our past, but having the wherewithal to get back up again when you fall and to keep pursuing the destiny he has instilled inside you. I will take the man (or woman) who stumbles falling forward and gets up again over the person who just lays down any day. It’s that type of person who has fight, who has determination, who has grit. I want those people on my side.