The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. –Apostle Paul
Romans 7:14-15 (NLT)
I missed it.
It’s my own fault.
The town’s Christmas parade assembles in the parking lot across the street from my home and marches down my street toward the town center. From my office I heard the band warming up and the fire engines signaling the start. My husband called out “Its parade time”, but I didn’t interrupt my thoughts for the short walk downstairs and out through the garage to stand in my driveway.
I’m regretting that choice as I scan Facebook posts showing my ‘kids’ (current and former confirmation students) in dance troupes, on floats, and in the band. It could have waited for ten minutes! I missed an opportunity to show love and support.
I’m human. You’re human. We make mistakes. Sometimes we know the right thing to do, but we ignore the small voice nudging us toward the better choice. The struggle with sin is constant.
Regret is good, because regret admits the error and helps us choose differently next time. Grace is better, because grace helps us let go of regret and guilt. It reminds us that God understands our natural tendency to be self-centered and loves us anyway.
What regret can you hand over to God in exchange for grace?
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