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Chasing Babies... Growing in Grace: No going back

Friday, September 17, 2010

No going back

Regret is an amazing thing. It comes so unexpectedly. Unwelcome. Experiencing it the other evening, I've paused to think. To reflect.

Once regret has come, there is really no way to make it go away. It's too late. This is something we are trying to help Tornado understand too. It's the consequence to an action... rather the feeling attached to that consequence. We may move on. Forget. But there is no going back.

I wasted my evening. I spoke harshly to the children. I didn't submit.

No going back.

There is, however, going forward. Repentance. Forgiveness. Learning. Change. Grace.

So much grace.

Regret can be used by the enemy. Sometimes it attaches itself to false guilt... sometimes it stands alone. In my life, however, regret is more often a tool used by my loving God. A wasted evening. Instead of being down and depressed about failing again, I can respond to the Holy Spirit's conviction. Repent. Seek forgiveness. Make changes for the future.

No. I can never recapture the time lost, the harsh word spoken, the sin allowed, but I can let it be worked together for good in my Father's willing hands!

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. ~Romans 8:28

In "all things"... When I am weak Lord, then I am strong!

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. ~2 Corinthians 12:9-10

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