I write this as much to myself as to you.
When I was a child, I couldn’t wait to be older. When I was finally older, I couldn’t wait to go to university. When I was there, I couldn’t wait for it to be over.
It was the same with parts of my life. When I was single, I couldn’t wait to be with someone, when I was with her, I couldn’t wait to be engaged. For those who know me, that didn’t turn out so well.
If I’m being completely honest with you, I’ve wished away so many days in my life. I’ve spent plenty of time complaining about the difficulties of life. Always passing up a brunch with my Dad or that extra homework for tomorrow. Tomorrow came and went and with it, the same sentiment of passing on today for tomorrow. It goes by all so quickly.
My encouragement to you is to make the most of everyday. Don’t allow the discouragement of regret to rob you of today’s joy. Press on and receive God’s grace over any regret you may have in your life. And live today as a new day. More then that get out there. God called us to be a light to a dark world, to make disciples and build up the body of Yeshua. You can’t do that alone. You need brothers and sisters in The Lord.
Enjoy every surf with those around you, or walk, or whatever it is you do. Go out of your comfort zone and meet new people.
Yeshua was in the mix. He was out there in the market place, in the streets, at weddings. He was interacting with the world.
Enjoy carefree days outside soaking in God’s creation: Because if you do, I can guarantee that the amount of regret that you live with will decrease each day.
I write this from a copied note re-over in my own words because I can see the truth in them. At 30 odd years old I know it’s not to late. At 96 my Grandfather came to the full realization of Christ within him. He expressed such joy I am told, he was an inspiration to the whole family. I missed it because I thought I would see him when I got back from Israel. I want what he had. I want that for you and for me.
Action Steps What are you wishing away? Do you live with regret over anything in your life? Spend some time asking God what He would have you to do redeem or “buy back” some of those days where you wish you could go back. Going forth, allow Him to help you make the most of each day you are given.
Psalm 27:13-14New King James Version (NKJV)
13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.
14 Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!
Joshua Mark Wood