“Out of love,
Though the goodness
Be wasted forever.
Out of love,
Though the return
(a new forming peach / Julie Cook / 2017)
Our society has a flippant little expression…
“leave nothing behind and have no regrets”
whatever you do,
don’t look back
and for heaven’s sake, whatever you do, do not ever apologize…
It’s the “glad I did it” sort of mindset with a heavy dose of
“And I’d do it all over again if I had the chance…”
Despite the “it” having been foolhardy, selfish, ill advised or downright wrong…
As the ego boldly claims to have “no regrets”
As an air of bravado now masks any second guessing….
While on the other side of this no regret issue,
sits the one who has come to the end of a life lived…
As he now prepares to meet his maker,
he looks back while taking stock of the ups and downs of living….
He looks back determining that despite the highs and the lows,the good and the bad,
he can actually let go, as he readies to go home, with no regrets….
Is that not how we all hope it will be…
That when the time comes for us to depart this life,
we’ll be able to look back with that same sense of peaceful lack of regrets…
Yet unfortunately, we all aren’t granted that luxury of time for reflection,
that time of taking stock.
For one minute we’re here and then the next, we’re not.
No chance to spend time reflecting, pondering or sorting.
Yet for the one who has chosen to follow the Christ…
time no longer matters because…
there are no more regrets….
all having been replaced by forgiveness coupled with Grace…
But there is no point dwelling on the past excessively.
My mother used to warm us against that; she’s say
“Doting on what’s gone is wasting precious time.”
It’s stealing time really, from the present and from the future.
If you believe in the mission of Jesus Christ,
then you’re bound to try to let go of your past,
in the sense that you are entitled to his forgiveness.
To keep regretting what was is to deny God’s grace.