In this article, I would like to share one of my pet peeves with you. It is a phrase that I have heard people say many times throughout my life and it just sets my teeth to aching. It goes something like this:
"Man, I wish I could go back and change ________!"
This has got to be one of the worst sentiments that anyone could ever express and I'll tell you why...
First of all, it is a waste of time. There is nothing you can do about the past, so you need to learn from it and use those lessons to build a better future. Where you are going is much more important than where you have been, so focus on the future, not on the past.
Second, and more importantly, is something that ties to the first point. It is the failures in your past, the mistakes that you have made, and the painful lessons that you have learned that have brought you to where you are now. They are the experiences that have prepared you mentally and emotionally to achieve greatness. As the old saying goes, "The hardest lesson to learn is the easiest to remember."
If you pray for patience, do you think God just snaps his fingers and gives it to you, or do you think he puts you in a situation where you can learn patience?
If you pray for wealth but know nothing about making or handling money, do you think you are just going to wake up one day and find cash on your living room floor?
No! Why would he waste that blessing on someone completely unprepared to make the most of it?
I can't say I speak for the man upstairs, or that I even understand his mind, but here's what I do know: It is much more likely that he would first teach you the lessons you need, then give you the opportunity to create your own miracle as a result of the gifts of knowledge and wisdom that he gave to prepare you.
While it is not always easy, we need to be thankful for the trials that life has put us through. We cannot fathom God's plan or comprehend the rewards that he may be preparing us to receive.
My challenge for you this week:
Learn from the adversities you face and celebrate your mistakes because they are the greatest teaching tool life has to offer.
Make a list of your greatest perceived barriers to a life of love, peace, and prosperity.
Next to each perceived barrier, write down the lessons they can teach you for the advancement of your future.
Make a pledge to use the lessons learned as steps to successfully climb toward reaching your goal of living your best life.