“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Have you met Woulda, Coulda, and Shoulda? These triplets have a mission, and it is not in your best interest. Woulda, Coulda, and Shoulda want you to remember everything that has been wrong with your life. They want you to live with regret. But, there is a big price to pay for that choice.
The book I am reading for Lent this year is 40 Days of Decrease by Alicia Britt Chole. In today’s devotional, she wrote:
“Regret empties anticipation, flattens dreams, and suffocates hope, because regret s a form of self-punishment. Whereas hindsight helps us learn from the past, regret beats us up with the past.”
Absolutely nothing of value can result from self-punishment. But, when the feelings of regret eclipse the reality of God’s promises, we settle for less than what He intends for us. It may be hard to see His hand moving while you are still in the wilderness of hopelessness, but that doesn’t make it less true. Believe God when He says, “I am doing a new thing!”
Do you know the origin of the word “lent?” The word “lent” comes from the old English,. “lencten,” which means “spring.” We are edging closer to spring — a season rich with evidence of new beginnings. Sow new seeds in your heart today, nurture them with the truth of God’s Word, and watch Him do glorious things in your life!