He searches all hearts and examines deepest motives so he can give to each person his right reward, according to his deeds—how he has lived.
Andy Stanley's sermon on how we want to tell our life story got me to thinking about regrets.
Definition of regret:
1.to feel sorrow or remorse for (an act, fault, disappointment, etc.):
2.to think of with a sense of loss:
Death bed regrets are terribly sad. Regret is an unnecessary and sad burden to carry, but I know so many people who would change things they did or didn't do.
Regrets are irreversible - we can't undo the things we regret, so I write this note as a prevention message for young people.
Stanley suggests asking yourself key questions, including "Am I being honest with myself, really?" before you do something that you might later regret.
Most of us make decisions in the heat of stress, conflict or passion. And then we cover up our failures to the point of convincing ourselves that it's OK to marry him/her, to buy that expensive car/home/gadget, to drink that liquor, to eat that cake, to inhale that substance, to view questionable stuff and on and on.
Our hearts are wicked, they are. No one is exempt. Those who know Jesus easily stray from making good decisions.
You've done it. I've done it.
And, our minds spin wild stories to protect us from the truth.
Many people live lies that they believe. Those lies take on life and can ruin families for generations.
My journey to wholeness with God requires being real with myself and with God. It is a hard journey, but it has brought me healing.
God uses our pain to power our ministries, but I'd prefer not having regrets.
I encourage you to think hard before making decisions. You don't want to lie about your history, and you don't want to be a fake or a fraud.
If you have a chance to leave a decent legacy, be honest with yourself. You are the author of the story of your life.