“It’s not the things we do in life that we regret on our deathbed, it’s the things we don’t.” — Randy Pausch
I have lots of regrets.
In fact, I am pretty convinced it’s impossible to go through life without them. There is no way we can make all the right decisions, at all times, with the limited information we have. Indecisiveness is actually how some folks avoid regretful consequences. They are paralyzed at the unknown consequences of each life decision, so they don’t make one at all. If we live in such a way, we will inevitably find ourselves with double the amount of regrets.
I regret not serving in the military…but if I did, I would regret not having a Bible college experience.
I regret not traveling the world when I was young… but if I did, I would regret having missed out on raising two amazing kids.
I regret that I don’t make a lot of money…but if I did, I would regret not working for a great mission at Glorieta Camps.
As you can see, the list could easily go on and on. My guess is that your life is not any different. Regrets are a part of life, but here is one trick to help you choose those regrets carefully (yes, I said you can choose your regrets). Take the pressure off of your shoulders and stop taking yourself too seriously. You cannot control everything, you can only steward life with the information you have. God is the one in control and going to Him for direction and wisdom will bring lasting peace.
Weigh the options and choose your regret.
One question I constantly ask myself is this, “At the end of my life, will I look back in this moment and regret not doing it?”.
The hard truth is, we can’t do it all. We can’t choose it all, and we won’t always get it right. Let the burden of having to always be “right” fall off of you. Understand that you may choose wrong sometimes. By choosing your regrets, you will open your mind up and realize the great life you have chosen.
Run a strong race of adventure and choose your regrets wisely!
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