How many times have you said “if only…?” “If only I’d made this decision instead of that one.” “If only I’d listened to my Dad when….” It’d be great if we had access to a time machine so we could go back and change some of our past decisions. Life would be better—or not.
Truth is, we sometimes learn more from decisions that were wrong than those that turned out to be right. They tend to be the ones we remember so that we don’t go there again. Ironically, that can release us from fear of failure to the freedom of always moving ahead, in spite of errors and mistakes.
God didn’t design us to live “if only” lives. So much of His Word focuses not on congratulations on what we accomplish. Much more (if not most) of it deals in detail with forgiveness. Biblical heroes like King David, the Disciple Peter, and the Apostle Paul are just three of the great examples.
We learn a couple of important things from God’s focus. Instead of focusing on what could have been, we can focus on what is yet to come. The promise of Divine forgiveness lets us focus forward instead of looking back.
Ultimately, this is the Godly focus of our lives in total. God has promised that forgiveness coming from Him opens the door to eternal blessing in heaven.
Though we are overwhelmed by our sins, you forgive them all. What joy for those you choose to bring near, those who live in your holy courts. Psalm 65:3-4