“Unimplemented change becomes regret,” the tweet from my friend Phill read.
Just like that he gave me the word for today.
The best sense of regret is expressed in Merriam-Webster is that it implies pain caused by deep disappointment, fruitless longing, or unavailing remorse. And it can go bad really quickly turning in to ruminative anguish.
It’s an again I would like to kick to the curb. But I can’t seem to help it. As a human there is often regret in my life. While it doesn’t always come from unimplemented change, it can overtake me and gnaw at me like a rat in a dumpster behind a cheap restaurant.
It’s stinking thinking gone awry. Regret unchecked can literally become torture. I’ve seen it happen, up close and personal.
I’ve found that the best way to eliminate regret is to do something. Implement the change. Eat the chocolate cake. Take advantage of the moment. Choose life. Select an involved present and a hopeful future.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press ontoward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.Phillipians 3:12-14
I love this song by Matthew West. My regrets don’t define me. Regret is not my name. I’m a child of the one true king. ❤