Today is National “Toss Away the ‘Could Haves’ and ‘Should Haves’ Day”–whew! What that means is to get rid of those feelings that you should have done something differently–you know, you get a chocolate ice cream cone and you think later, “I should have gotten rainbow sherbet”. Sure, that’s a pretty silly example, but sometimes wishing we’d done something differently can eat us up. Maybe you said something you wish you hadn’t, maybe you spent money on something–maybe you get to bed and think you wasted the day. I’m hoping you don’t have those types of concerns yet in life, but if you do, today is a day to try and work at stopping them. Regret is not a good way to live. Make a decision and believe in yourself to make the right decision.
God tells us to look ahead, and to not get stuck in regret. Look ahead to Christ, to the path of following Him.
13 Brothers and sisters, I know that I still have a long way to go. But there is one thing I do: I forget what is in the past and try as hard as I can to reach the goal before me. 14 I keep running hard toward the finish line to get the prize that is mine because God has called me through Christ Jesus to life up there in heaven.
Philippians 3:13-15 (ERV)
Dear Jesus, forgive me for sticking to the past. Help me to trust in the future, to your plan. Help me be strong in my decisions, and help me make wise choices in how I treat people. Amen.