If you have recently been searching for work you may have read these words. We regret to inform you that… These are not words anyone wants to read or hear. I recently received such a letter. I wanted to respond kindly and let them know you want them to live a life without regrets and they could do that by hiring me.
I might be in the minority but I don’t believe you can live a life without regrets. It is simply not possible. In life we make all kinds of regrets. Some regrets are minor. I regret eating the entire pan of brownies. , or I regret rolling through the stop sign and getting a ticket. Other regrets are more serious. I regret taking twenty years to complete my degree, or I regret lying to my wife about purchasing a big screen TV. While these are still regrets they the consequences don’t have to last a life time. You might have to spend a few extra hours in the gym to work off the brownies, or spend some time earning back the trust you once had. Still, for the most part the damage of these regrets can me fixed. I believe the regrets that people fear having the most are the ones that are irreparable. They are the Great Regrets.
It is these Great Regrets that we want to avoid. Once actions taken or words said life can never be the same. You can not take back adultery. You will fight an addiction for life, and you will get only one opportunity to raise your kids. While forgiveness is available the consequences of great mistakes can last generations. Just ask David. His regrets had a lasting impact on Israel.
2 Samuel 12 9 Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’
David understood his mistakes were life changers for all around him and would ripple throughout the nation as well. David was also a great example of how he let God’s forgiveness Just read the 51st Psalm. You see, Great Regrets cannot be permitted to mature into condemnation. Condemnation becomes a chain that binds us, and its offspring shame and guilt become the weights that tie us down. Forgiveness however, breeds redemption and joy which release us back to pursuing our potential in Christ.
There is hope if you have Great Regrets. David and Bathsheba had Solomon together. Unfortunately, big regrets have been common since the days of Adam but, God’s forgiving and redemptive powers should never be underestimated. He is a specialist in the impossible. He can repair lives, marriages and GINORMOUS mistakes.