Isaiah 43:18 - Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
I often think about how I would’ve done things differently. My eyes are colored with regret if I allow this thought to continue. It can take me down rabbit holes that I have no business going down into. Rabbit holes distract us from the work in hand that we have to finish before the end of the day. Rabbit holes can cause frustration to sweep in as we rehash what could’ve been. But I have a friend who told me, “Don’t should on yourself.” In other words, don’t think back to every situation you “should’ve” done differently. Because the more we “should” on ourselves, the deeper we go down the rabbit hole of disillusionment and depression. Call upon the one who knows you and has been with you through your past filled with regret. God knows. God cares. God understands. God can move his hand inside our rabbit holes and pull us out. God is great at remodeling lives. He can take a shovel and fill up our rabbit holes giving us light to shine on our paths where regret no longer has a pull on us.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.