No Regrets....

Acts 20:24 (NIV): However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

I don't make New Year's Resolutions (formally). Rather, I like to think about what I might do differently as I approach a new year. Yesterday is past and I cannot get it back. Tomorrow is another day and I have more to do.

What is it that you regret about your past? In order to think about my life differently, I think about where I came from to form my thoughts for tomorrow.  What is the stuff your dreams are made of? Are you afraid to dream? If you had a completely clean slate and could do anything you want to, what would your dreams be for your future? Write it down.

If you had your life to live over again, what would you do differently? I wanted to go to law school; I just never got to it. I wish I would have spent more time with my kids when they were growing up; they are no longer small and I wish I would have relished that time a bit more. I should have lost weight sooner; I always disliked my "fatness" and should have spent more time focused on my health earlier. I should have taken more piano lessons. Those days are past, never to return.

So as we look at 2012, think about the ways that God has brought you through life - adventures, straights and narrows, good times and bad - and how he has continually cared for you. My list is rather lengthy - out of wedlock pregnancy; living with domestic violence and alcohol addiction with my ex-husband; living alone as a single parent; pre-cancerous hysterectomy at age 26; being fired - more than once; weaving in and out of church including all the church politics that go along with that; moving 25 times by the time I was 26 years old; losing my brother to cancer; watching my Mom live with Alzheimers; health related injuries and surgeries. The list is long. But I have no regrets. All these things happened in my life to form who God intends me to be. My resolution for 2012 is to see how God wants to use me because of how he made me.

Dear God, Help me live 2012 with no regrets for the past. Direct my paths each day and use me for your service. Bumps, lumps and all. Amen.

Carole Schumacher

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