What if you encountered a powerful and benevolent genie who could grant you one do-over of your choice? Would you consider going back in time and doing something differently?
I don’t know about you, but I’ve made enough mistakes in my life that I would welcome a do-over or two. I’m sure I’m not alone. But occasionally, I encounter people who say, “I have no regrets.”
Maybe when people say they have no regrets, what they actually mean is that they refuse to allow past disappointments, mistakes, or even tragedies to negatively affect their lives today. But acknowledging regret can be cathartic and even empowering.
Ultimately, regret is both gift and challenge. We make mistakes and we learn as we grow. We fall and we rise. It is all part of the abundant life that God desires for us.
This message is an excerpt from the October 2018 Cafe faith reflection “The gift and challenge of having regret” by Angela Khabeb. Today we remember Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, martyr, who died in 156. Please pray for synodical women’s organization presidents who meet in Chicago today.
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