How many of us are dealing with this? You know – I woulda. I coulda. I wish I did. Maybe if I had tried harder. What would have happened if I had just followed instructions? Where could I be now if I had just listened to that small, still voice on the inside? If I had sought Godly counsel, instead of doing my own thing, maybe things would be different. The list of REGRETS is a reminder everyday that things could have been better, if only we had made the right choice. Don’t let this be you. It’s painful living with regrets.
Just thinking about a few things that some of us, myself included, may need to SHUT THE DOOR to while on our journey. With the Lord’s help, we can.
Think about shutting the door to:
Envy. Jealousy. Competition. Chasing after people. Disrespect. Anger. Seeking affirmation. Low self-esteem. Sexual abuse. Verbal abuse. Emotional abuse. Trying to impress people. Slander. Straddling the fence. Scheming. Using a substance to fill the void in your heart and spirit. People taking advantage of you. Wearing a mask. Unforgiving. Exalting yourself. Fear. Being in control. Making excuses. Ungodly counsel. The voice of the enemy. Your past. Words that wound. Begging. Using food for comfort. Liars. Insecurity. Trusting man before God. Unhealthy friendships. Ungodly relationships. People with a hidden agenda. Rudeness. Laziness. Seeking things before God. Trusting mammon. Unwholesomeness. Hatred. Cliques. Trying to fit in. Distractions. Uncleanliness. Unkindness. Mismanagement. Belittlement. Bitterness. Prejudice. Coveting. Discord. Injustice. Offenses. Strife. Clamor. Stress. Comparison. Using a person to fill the void in your heart and spirit. Poor communication. Fake friends. Wavering. Searching for everything instead of God. Trying to measure up. Opinionated people. People stepping over your boundaries. Procrastination. Manipulation. Giving up. The weight roller coaster. Trying to always be right. Selfishness. Not loving others. Feeling you are not enough. Not loving YOU.
Let’s focus more on pulling each other up, encouraging each other, and praying for one another. That’s better fruit to bear. We are all subject to fall and miss the mark at any time. So before you point your finger, and gossip about someone else’s failures and shortcomings, make sure you pick up your mirror in your other hand, and take a good look.
Some of you may stifle your emotions just to keep moving through life. But you need to find your freedom in expressing the hurt and pain you are feeling on the inside. You can only receive the freedom and healing you need in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s a process. He will walk you through it. It’s only through Him you can be made whole again. He is the only one that can restore what is broken. Your past does not have to define your future. You can start again. Your brokenness does not have to define you. God wants to give you “new eyes” to see yourself as He does. A personal relationship with Jesus Christ will help you to discover who He is, and who you are in Him. You have already been loved, accepted, affirmed, and forgiven by God. He’s already done that for you. And He continues to do those things daily. He sees you, and He loves and wants you anyway. Now you have to learn to love, accept, affirm, and forgive yourself. With “new eyes” you can do it. It’s a process. Remember, you’re not alone. He’s taking you through the process, and walking with you every step of the way.