Don’t live regretting your past mistakes

We all make mistakes in life. At some point in our lives we all blow up things. We all make a mess. If you haven’t made a mess, you are not a human being. So it is OK if you have made a mistake in the past. But don’t linger on it. No one is exempt from making mistakes in life. Here are some real life examples of highly respected people but who nonetheless stumbled.

US President Bill Clinton said this after he admitted his affair with one of his colleagues:

If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.

Lance Armstrong is known for overcoming cancer and battling the odds to win title after title in the cycling world. Despite the denial of prior allegations associated with doping, Lance Armstrong admitted to using athletic performance enhancers and the Tour de France titles were stripped and endorsers pulled their name from association with Armstrong.

One of the most successful American golfers of our time is Tiger Woods. In November 2009, news broke that Woods had countless affairs with several women while he was married. This is what he said:

I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn’t have to go far to find them. I was wrong. I was foolish.

Moses made a terrible mistake at the peak of his career. He killed a man and decided to move away from his luxurious lifestyle. Although he took that decision to leave Egypt by faith, the way he arrived to that decision was wrong. He killed someone which should label him as a murderer! He might have thought he blew up everything in his career.

King David made a terrible mistake at the peak of his career. He murdered someone and committed adultery. He thought he blew everything in his life.

Jesus in his story of prodigal son said that the second son made a grave mistake and ruined his relationship with the Father and ruined his wealth. So Jesus understands that making mistakes is what we are made of.

We are all born in sin and will make mistakes at some point in our lives. But don’t ever fail to understand in all those above stories that we have a God who understands our weaknesses and gives us second chance. Our God is a God of second chances.

This is not a warrant for making another mistake in your life. If you make a mistake, you need to face the consequences. But that doesn’t mean you are out of the game as our God is a God of second chance.

The scripture says: “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness”.

God wants to give you beauty for ashes and oil of joy for mourning. So bring your mess to God today and surrender and move forward. He will make your ‘mess’ into ‘message’. Don’t live regretting your past mistakes. The enemy wants you to live under condemnation. But get up and run! You are still in the game. Maybe you are regretting the mistakes you made five years back or even beyond. Life is too valuable to live with regrets. You have several years before you to prove your worth and to prove who you are. Start afresh. Join hands with God and start running again.

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