No Regrets

Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62

Have I done all I could do in the time you have given me? Have I done all You asked of me?
At least until the present moment the truthful answer to this question for me would be “no”.
But how do I recognize what I could have done but did not, without “looking back?”

As human beings we place great value and importance on achievement.
Self-importance, self-serving, self-relaint, self-interest, self-righteous, self-seeker, and all the other self family is directly tied to our need to be recognized, and affirmation of our worth.
And when we come up short in our efforts to be all these things, we feel sorry,  we feel remorse, anger, regret.
But regret without proper assignment is only another expression of our self-effort.
And if we never move past the emotion of regret, often we become victims….
Looking back, unable to push the plow forward. Eliminating the love, forgiveness, and acceptance that despite our failure we are valuable.
But is it possible to have regret that serves a useful purpose?
I believe there is.
When we realize our failure many times our response is to assign blame. We are quick to point out all the reasons why we come up short. Self once again takes center stage.
I believe the key to rightfully appropriating our regret of what has been left undone, our failure, is a clear understanding of who we have failed.
When we realize that every human failure is the fruit of fallen human nature we turn to the One who understands.
One who not only understands our incompleteness, our failure, but One who offers forgiveness, reconciliation, and assurance. Assurance that when we turn to Him, confessing our failure, our sin, by His blood and sacrifice, there is no need to look back.
No regrets.

I believe Paul had this in mind when he wrote in Philippians 3:13

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
Focusing on what lies ahead
Pressing on to the end
Receiving what God through Jesus Christ has called us to.
No looking back, no regrets.
Amen

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About messagefromthefield

“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. I believe everyone has a story to tell and more than we know, we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement a time of great unrest and change. The dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that would lead me as Bilbo Bagging in the Hobbit wrote “there and back again” ( ironically the Hobbit was published on September 21st 1937 the same day as my birthday although not the same year). On that October day in 1978 when I was miraculously and wonderfully saved it would naturally follow that I would take that love of music and use it to serve the One who created music. But that is a story for another time. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story ends and the story that goes on forever begins! I love these words that will keep me going through good days and bad, ever headed to that place where the Spirit and the Bride even today says "Come". And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.... and the promise for all who follow Him " I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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2 Responses to No Regrets

  1. We may look back on our old life and celebrate living in the New Covenant

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