I’m sure I’ve told you this before, but I’m rather hard on myself. I try not to be, but what can I say? It comes naturally. 😬 I’ve had years of training…and now I’m trying to un-train myself and do better at showing myself grace.
It’s easy for me to have regrets about things both big and small. Why did you do that? Why did you say that? Why didn’t do you that? Why didn’t you say that? What were you thinking?! Ugh. Seriously, Brianna. That was dumb.
My natural inner reaction to a lot of my history looks something like this: 🙈🤦🏼♀️🙈🤦🏼♀️
Can anybody relate?
The other day, I was thinking of a specific situation I regret, as I often do. God spoke to me in my spirit and said, “You did the best you could with the knowledge and information you had.”
He was right. I did.
I’m an overachiever; I always do my best! It’s usually not until later, when I learn new information or get results I didn’t want, that I wish I had done things differently. When I miss a detail I wish I would’ve caught. When I unintentionally offend someone with my words. When I make a mistake.
Hindsight is 20/20.
But that’s just the thing: we don’t have hindsight yet when we’re in the moment! If we did, we might do things differently.
Most of the time, we don’t realize we’re doing something dumb until it’s already done. Sure, there are those times when we willingly sin, but that’s not really what I’m talking about here. I’m referring to those moments when our motives are pure. In those moments, we’re all just doing our best with what we’ve got.
As I continued processing this specific event with God, he asked me if I’d change anything.
I knew my answer was no. I’d still go back and make the same choice with the knowledge I had at the time. I might even make the same choice with the knowledge I have now.
God works all things for good. I’ve seen him do it. Even when we don’t know what we’re doing, he does. He knows what we’re going to do before we do it. He knows every mistake we’ll make before we make it, and he has a redemption plan in place from day one. All he requires is that we follow him. He’ll tell us where to go. He’ll show us what to do to get where he’s taking us. And he’s not afraid of a detour – he’ll reroute us when necessary.
Have we all made mistakes? Of course. Would most of us go back and change a few things? Most likely. But we’re all on a journey and we’re all works in progress. We learn from our mistakes, and God always redeems them when we submit our lives to him.
If you’ve done something you regret, shame off you, in Jesus’ name! I decree a redemption message over your story. You did the best you could with the knowledge you had. Or maybe you didn’t. Either way, surrender your story to God and let him do HIS best. You do your best, and he’ll do the rest. Redemption is coming to your story! I bless you with a Romans 8:28 ending, in Jesus’ name.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28 NIV