Monday, February 28, 2011

No Regrets

There are many serious subjects my friend Brittany and I discuss during choir practice, ok – some subjects are very serious, potentially life changing, and others – umm – well, not so much, but they are serious to us at the time!

Shoe shopping. Our serious subject for last night.

She noticed that I had on some new sneaks and told me how much she liked them. We began chatting about different brands of tennis shoes, comfort, price, etc and she told me that she not so long ago went shoe shopping and was in the store for TWO HOURS, making the poor sales clerk bring out shoe after shoe, and yet, she left the store empty handed. She couldn’t decide on a particular pair and didn’t want to buy the wrong ones.

I completely agreed and mentioned how indecisive I have noticed myself becoming over the past few years. I used to be able to go into a store, pick up something, and leave, but now I cannot do that to save my life. My husband has always been indecisive, so I blame it on him all the time, telling him his indecisiveness has “made me this way.” I know that’s not true, but in the heat of the moment when I am standing in front of a rack of tennis shoes, breaking out in a sweat, fretting over which pair to get, it sounds good.

I’ll just be honest with you and give you some more dirt on myself. I was in the drug store the other day looking at moisturizers and wrinkle creams, and the internal war began. Do I get the firming cream or the pore minimizer? I thought to myself why can’t there just be a one size fits all, all purpose version? My mother will not be proud of this, she raised me better, but since I couldn’t decide which one to buy, yep – you guessed it – I bought them both. What was I thinking? I only have one face to apply it to, and now I have to decide every morning which cream I am going to use!

As Brittany and I laughed about our indecisiveness, I told her I think I have become so indecisive because I don’t want to feel the regret that comes along with making the wrong choice.


I have felt it before, and not just about tennis shoes and face creams. I have felt regret, deep regret, for things I have said. Regret for things I have done. Regret for things I should have done.

I don’t like it.

Not at all.

There are many things throughout our days that we can regret, and some, like a new pair of shoes, seem right at first, but after a few days of wear, prove to not be so great.
My pastor briefly mentioned this verse in his message yesterday and I thought it fit for our subject today too:

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Corinthians 7:10 NIV

Leaves no regrets – did you catch that?

There is something we will never regret, and that is Godly sorrow. That may sound odd, but when we become sorry for something God intends for us to be sorry about, it is a huge spiritual growth opportunity. Godly sorrow brings us to a point of repentance which is more than simply “being sorry”, true repentance is a place of change. I have never been sorry when God has brought me to a place of change. These places weren’t easy and weren’t without pain, but I never regretted following His lead.

Changing something in our lives that is not God honoring is one thing, my sisters, that we will never – ever – regret.

God, You are always calling me to more, and that is a wonderful thing. Sometimes I listen and sometimes I don’t, but still You call. You call me to places I am reluctant to visit because I just don’t want to admit that You know “that” about me. I don’t want to talk about it. I would rather talk about all of the warm fuzzy stuff. That in itself shows me how deceived I sometimes am. The truth is, if I did listen and I did “go there” with You about “that” and came to a place of repentance and change, there would be more warm fuzzies to talk about. I would have more to share with others about Your life transforming power and that would leave me absolutely NO REGRET. You could use my weaknesses to display Your strength. So – right now, even though I am nervous about where we are going, I take your hand and will follow You to wherever You want to travel in my heart……..

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1 comment:

  1. Hey! If I had not had that awful experience in the shoe store, then we would not have had a great time of that I do not regret!
    Love you and pray you have a beautiful day!


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