One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
In the theater, you know when an intermission is over. The production company gives the audience several key signals. The lights flicker, the orchestra tunes, then the lights dim. At that point, you know the second half of the show is about to begin.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we knew when our waiting time was over in life? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a clear signal when a new relationship was about to begin, or the job offer would come, or our balance sheet would turn from red to black? God does not always give us a clear signal, but there are five biblical principles we will learn this week to know when our second act is about to begin.
To experience your second act, you have to learn how to let go of your regrets. I realize that letting go of past regrets is a lot easier said than done. What if there is a giant failure in your past that you just cannot get past? If you find it difficult to focus on future possibilities rather than past regrets, let me suggest three important realities that will help you let go of your regrets about your mistakes.
First of all, recognize the impossibility of undoing your mistake. Many people engage in what I call mental time travel. They go back to their past, but they can’t change it. They just keep reliving that pain over and over again.
Second, understand the reality of God’s forgiveness. You can never release your regrets until you deal with those regrets and experience Christ’s forgiveness. We all need God’s forgiveness.
Third, to release the regrets of the past you have to be convinced of the possibility of future change. Although you can’t undo your past choices or regain lost opportunities, you can make changes right now that will reshape your today, your tomorrow, and your eternity. To begin your second act in life, you have to release your regrets.
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Begin Your Second Act Now!” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2016.
Scripture quotations are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.