We have our entire life to make decisions and plans, but our plans are not always fulfilled the way we want them to be. You here people say, “In five years this is what I will be doing.” How do you know that? You don’t! We cannot predict the future and we cannot change the past.
Things come to mind as I stare at my dog basting in the sun and living the dog life. Wish I could to that, but the sun is not warm enough for me. So I sit and think.
Have you ever thought about where your life would be if you didn’t take chances or make the decisions you made? I look back on my life and realized I made a lot of stupid mistakes. I think we all do, especially in our late teen years. I guess I wanted to be part of something or feel like I wanted to be part of something. I grew up in a neighborhood where there were more boys than girls and we got along pretty well. As we grew older drugs and alcohol came into the picture and three kids died from drugs. I thank God that I was not part of that. It is so easy to get swept up into what is happening in the world and being part of something without realizing who you are hurting.
Later in my life I learned what was important and what was not, but I still stumbled and then I stumbled big. I got caught up with people that I should not have been in contact with. I heard and seen things that I shouldn’t have, and some of those things drew me in. That is how my marriage went downhill. I could say that I wish it didn’t happen but it did. I often wonder where I would be right now if I decided not to follow God.
I had a previous post about not looking back and we shouldn’t. We cannot say “what if” because we cannot change the past, but we can learn from it. There will be stumbles in everyone’s life and there will be those times when we dig ourselves into a huge hole and we need help getting out. Who will be helping you? I hope it’s God. He will put you on the right path as He did me. If it wasn’t for that huge hole that I fell into, it would have been something else. God puts events in front of us to see if we reach out to Him. He gives us the opportunity to know Him and love Him, and my husband and I both know God and love Him.
It is our decision to choose God and I’m glad that I did. I don’t know where I would be right now if I didn’t choose Him. I do know that I am happier than I have ever been because of God. There is no sin greater than the next and we all sin. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) The opportunity is there to follow God and I hope you do. You want a savior? Call on God. He is our Lord and Savior.
As I sit here and watch my dog indulge in the sun, I want you to remember to not look back on past failures, but to learn from them. We stumble, fall and even land in a hole, but we can apply God’s grace to overcome those failures. The future looks a whole lot brighter knowing that there is an eternal life with God.
Stay safe and healthy!