SeabuiscutWritten by Greg Ryan
Even though our lives progressively moves forward on occasion it has a way of working what seems to be in a backwards motion, yet in end achieves same results. I remember years ago when I started my bodybuilding career, I had no self-confidence, poor self-esteem, and an introverted personality. I couldn’t fathom doing what others believed I could accomplish in such an unusual sport that went totally against my nature. However, at first I thought, ”I didn’t want to let them down and what if they’re right? What if I could accomplish something if I set my mind to it, I asked? What if by believing in something bigger than myself would allow me to be a better person, develop confidence and be more outgoing?” Then over a period of time belief others had started to rub off in me, combined with my work ethic rest became history.
I really don’t want to compare myself to a horse, but in movie “Sea Biscuit”, a similar experience takes place. Four men from all together different backgrounds come together with a hope, a prayer and a horse of all things. They believed that with a little direction, Sea Biscuit would accomplish great things and surpass immeasurable odds. So inspired by a few (who happened to be going by seat of their pants), Sea Biscuit began to believe he too could do great things. The thing is, this horse didn’t know nor did he care that these four men combined had only a hand full of horse sense (no pun intended). They believed in him and that was all that mattered. As Sea Biscuits confidence grew his influence upon those around him did also. Through Sea Biscuits determination and pure heart many who followed him began to believe in themselves in midst of a depression and many hardships. In some crazy fashion this horse began to change lives of thousands of people all because a few men came together having a sense of purpose, a little hope, a lot of prayers and a horse to get them there.
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.