Replacing Regret With Hope

Our minds are bombarded with around 30,000 thoughts each day…and one unhealthy thought that can paralyze you and ultimately derail you from your destiny is regret.

regret [ri-gret]: 1. a sense of loss, disappointment, dissatisfaction, etc. 2. a feeling of sorrow or remorse for a fault, act, loss, disappointment, etc.

Let be perfectly clear about something. It’s not wrong to feel regret. It’s wrong to allow regret to keep you from living the life God wants you to live.

What if Moses would have allowed the regret of committing murder to stop him from answering the call of God (via burning bush) to lead about 2 million people out of bondage?

What if Jonah would have allowed to the regret of rebelling against God to stop him from persuading a city to repent and ultimately resulting in having God’s grace and mercy replace His wrath.

What if David refused to fulfill his role as King of Israel because of his regret over adultery, murder, and being exposed on Jerry Springer by Nathan the Prophet?

What if Peter would have succumbed to regret after denying Jesus?

What if Paul never penned almost half of the New Testament because of overwhelming regret over persecuting Jesus and His Church?

What if you… [fill in the blank]

What “if only” regret is weighing you down right now? As Mark Batterson says in his book If — God can turn your “if only” regrets into a “what if” possibilities! Use the Word of God to replace regret with HOPE!

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.

Proverbs 13:12 (NLT)

Dream Big. Pray Big. Live Big.

Let me leave you with 3 truth bombs to blow regret out of your mind!

  1. God is for you!
  2. When others write you off—God writes you in!
  3. God’s mercies are NEW every morning…so today is a new opportunity for God to move in your life!

Remember, God doesn’t need to consult with your past when mapping out your future.

So go ahead and say “buh-bye” to regret and begin living your very best life, a hope-filled life God created you to live.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

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  1. So glad that when others write us off, God writes us in! You have poured courage into my soul, friend! Please pray for me as my book releases next year, especially given the situation with my “doppelganger.” (explained on my website at http://www.maggierowe.com). Blessings!

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