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Living with Regrets

Most of us have regrets.
Things we wish we had said or done differently.
Jon Gauger asked 28 of our favourite teachers, preachers, writers, and musicians what they would like to do over. These Christian leaders opened up about the most important lessons of their life.
Some of these people include Tim Keller, Michael W. Smith, Anne Graham Lotz, Gary Chapman, Joni Eareckson Tada, Tony Evans, Ravi Zacharias, Erwin Lutzer, and many more. He shares the stories of 28 leaders who were very vulnerable.
Jon says that as people get to mid-life there are questions that begin to itch a little bit. Questions of the soul.
The people in the book are all 50 and over and everyone of them cited some sort of regret.
The question in the book that they got the loudest unified answer to was in regards to time. Almost everyone said they wished they had spent more time with their family.
Both Michael Card and Michael W. Smith said they were a little arrogant as new musicians.
Michael w. Smith said he was wrapped up in his success and that is not what is real, that's not what lasts.
Another common theme is prayer. People seem to learn later in life that actually more things are brought through prayer. It really works.
Gail McDonald shares that we need to learn to move people by prayer alone.
Ron Hutchcraft said he came late to the power of prayer.
Jon says the most powerful point he took from this book was what we do with our regrets.
 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth said, "when it's all said and done, the business of regrets, the sum total of my life will be Jesus Christ and His righteousness"
It's not about us. It's not about our attempts to do better, or live better, it is about Jesus Christ and His righteousness.
A number of people in the book share about haunting regrets. The things that creep in even when you don't want to be thinking about them. They come in and consume you.
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.  -- 2 Corinthians 7:10
Those kind of if-onlys are destructive and can really derail you. If we could just learn from it and grow. Let it shape our future.
We can visit regrets but we need to not live there.
The Lords mercies are new every morning!
Often with situations in life the Redeemer brings back a situation for us to do it better, that doesn't erase the past and the consequences of making a bad choice but if you give Him a chance. He brings things around.

The regrets don't have to define us.

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