Our Sunday School lesson today left me somewhat pensive. It dealt with choices and regrets and the life of Jacob and Esau.
I don’t suppose any of us can say that we have no regrets. I am of the opinion that people who say they have no regrets often have lots of people around them that could fill in the spaces for them. When we refuse to acknowledge that there are things for which we are/should be sorry for, there are always people who are not only hurt, but disillusioned by our lack of remorse.
Does that mean we live in the land of “if only?” No. God never intended for yesterday to cower today. God is the God of the second chance. The God who loved us enough to send His Son, Jesus, to die for us. He wants us to look forward. He wants us to live in hope. He expects us to learn from the past, but He doesn’t intend for the past to keep us from the present and the future.
This does not negate that there are things that I regret. There are things that I wish I could do over. For my sake, yes, but even more for the people I love who were/are hurt because of how I’ve done things, what I’ve said, or how I’ve reacted. And saying that, I have to say that while God doesn’t expect the past to “keep us from” the present and the future, He also doesn’t erase the effects of our misjudgments and sin from either of those entities.
Any thoughts? How does a healthy understanding of our past and the mistakes we’ve made become a catalyst for hope?