Showing posts with label grace. Show all posts
Showing posts with label grace. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

No regrets . . . part 1

Most conversations that I have with with my 90 year old mother are just a repeat of the previous one.  Not much new happens in her life these days so she just talks about the same things every time.  Every once in a while, however, she throws me a curve ball and says something new.

That happened just recently when she said, "I have no regrets.  If I had my life to live over I wouldn't change anything.  OK, there's one thing  . . . I wouldn't have let your father have his way with what we called your older sister.  I chose the name Susan and he chose the name Gail but he wanted to call her Gail and I relented.  I shouldn't have done that." 

Wow! A life with no regrets (except one)?  Is that even possible?

Friday, July 31, 2009

20/20 Hindsight

It's funny how much clearer things are in hindsight. Just look at this picture. As you look forward the picture is blurred but as you look in the rear view mirror, the picture is much crisper. That, of course, is how I see things when I look back over my time here at Crossroads. Had I the benefit of knowing two and a half years ago what I know now, there are things I would have done differently. You and I don't have the ability to see the future and that's not altogether bad. God does have the ability to see the future because He's already been there. I make the best decisions that I can with the information that I have and trust that God will honor my faithfulness. Even now I don't know how making different decisions and taking different actions would have impacted our future.

In life, we don't often get "do-overs" but God has chosen to offer us grace through Christ. Grace doesn't mean that our mistakes are good, it just means that they can be forgiven and that's an incredible gift. We need to look in the rear view mirror to learn from the past but our future lies ahead, not behind us.

How do you find balance between looking forward and looking backward and how does grace help you move ahead?