Failure is never as painful as Regret.Written by Greg Ryan
“I would rather regret some of my failures in life than to live my life failing to forget my regrets.” GR
In other words, failing at something and getting back up is much less painful than to look back and regret not doing something (or doing something) and not being able to go back and change outcome. Each one of us has failed at something in life, some of us more than others. Some of our mishaps we have forgotten, others may still be eating away at us like a disease. I would think it’s much easier to recall our failures in life than to bring up some of our regrets we may have. Neither failure nor regret can we change from our past, but we can chose to heal our regrets.
Did Jesus experience failures? Jesus was made perfect in sight of God, but he also was a person with human emotions and characteristics. I would guess at times he felt things may not be going his way and failure may have been his feeling of choice at that moment. Maybe only time he had a regret was when he went up to pray on Mt. of Olives night before his crucifixion and cried out to God to take world’s burden off his shoulders. But even then he knew in his heart God’s purpose for his life and it wasn’t supposed to be full of any regrets.
Do you have any regrets today that need healing? If you think about it you probably can find one or two. Can you do something about it? In one or more cases you probably can. Will you do anything about it? That’s up to you. Just think how freeing and uplifting that would feel if you had one less regret, not to mention what it might do for other people involved. Maybe you need to forgive someone or maybe you need to ask someone to forgive you. The bible says, “Get along with each other, and forgive each other. If someone does you wrong, forgive that person as Lord forgave you” Colossians 3:13.
Lance Armstrong had it right -Every Second CountsWritten by Greg Ryan
Yes, you have your priorities for year and yes you are working on balancing meaningful tasks verses trivial, but what about attitude that goes along with it? At beginning it’s easy to be motivated to spend time on areas that mean most to us, yet what happens when flame gets smaller and fire that once burned has slowly lost it’s glow? What happens when our attitude toward God has less dependence upon him and more on our attitude that we don’t need him as much right now? Then what are our options?
I happened to be eating lunch last week at a local deli when one of my past exercise clients came and sat down by me and proceeded to bore me with all her excuses for not taking care of her self. Maybe she caught me on a bad day, but my compassion cup was empty and I had a short fuse that day. I kindly interrupted her half way through her spiel and said to her in most polite way possible, “Susan (not her real name) stop right there. Stop making excuses for your bad health. Talk to me about anything else if you like, but you and everyone else who continues to make up reasons for not doing something will never change until? Until you have absolutely no other options left in life. But, until you reach that point of no return don’t take up my time with your bad attitude and self-pity. Put actions to your empty words. I Samuel 3:19 says,” and Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words hit ground.” In other words, every single word that falls from your lips has weight and meaning. You can make up excuses (or create options) or you can move forward either way you will get out of life what you say.