It feels like my life changed more in the last four years than it did in the previous forty. When I started to make more courageous decisions, however, I also started to dwell on how different my life might be if I had done things differently 10 or 20 or even 30 years earlier. I had always been a bit of a late bloomer. I played it safe. I waited. I calculated. I worried about what others would think. I waited some more. I let opportunities pass me by. Things that most of my friends did in their teens or twenties, I didn't do until much later and, in some cases, I still haven't done.
You may be able to relate. Or you may think of things you wish you hadn't done. Either way, it can be easy to fall into the "What if?" pit and choke on regrets while we fantasize about the life we could have had.
The thing is, I can't go back twenty years and change my choices, and neither can you. Maybe we shouldn't want to! Maybe I'm right where I'm supposed to be, struggling with certain things now so that I always recognize my dependence on God. And maybe you are too.
And even if I should have done things differently, there is grace. And there is tomorrow.
"One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:13-14).
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