If only – two little words with enough power to keep us awake at night.
If only I hadn’t opened my mouth and said those foolish words.
If only I could erase those years and start over again . . .
If only I’d decided against taking that job that looked so promising at the beginning but became like a prison.
If only I’d given my child better guidance.
Things might have turned out differently if only . . . .
No one can look back over the past without finding things to regret. Some regret is good. It compels us to say we’re sorry to people who need to hear those words from us.
But, it’s one thing to admit a wrong and confess our sorrow for it and another to allow our regrets to ruin the present. Those if-onlies will sour our sweetest moments and darken our brightest successes if we let them. Every person with a conscience ends up with regrets.
Those “if-onlies” are like locusts that destroy the crops just before harvest time.
God sent this message through the prophet, Joel: I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten . . . (Joel 2:25)
Needing restoration? Bundle all your “if-onlies” and present them to the Father.
Prayer: Lord, regret is killing me. I’m sorry that I (name the actions that have caused regret). I accept your forgiveness for these mistakes and sins. With your help, I will allow you to restore to me those times in my life that were lost because of bad judgement, rebellion and weakness.
Rose McCormick Brandon’s books, including One Good Word Makes all the Difference and Promises of Home – Stories of Canada’s British Home Children, are available at Writing From the Heart .