No Regrets

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why did I do that?” or “What was I thinking?”

Or have you said to yourself, “That was stupid, I shouldn’t have done that!”

I’m sure every one of us can say those things about different things we have done in life. We all make mistakes, we all mess up, and we all sin. And when we do something like that, those thoughts and questions go through our minds.

For example, I have been kicking myself the last couple days because of something I did a few months ago. What I did wasn’t anything wrong in any sense. I didn’t sin or violate any of God’s commands. I just made a stupid, impulsive decision.

No regrets. That’s what I keep telling myself about the decision I made. Regret means to feel sad or sorry about. I saw a statement on Wikipedia that I really liked, “Regret is the emotion of wishing one had made a different decision in the past, because the consequences of the decision were unfavorable. Regret is related to perceived opportunity.”

If I regret what I did, it is because I think my opportunity would be different now than what it is. Do I really know if I would be different now or would I have messed up elsewhere. I don’t know and at the end of the day, I can’t dwell on that!

I think Paul summed it up best in Philippians 3:13-14.

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:13-14‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Paul had a past that he could have regretted and spent time feeling sorry about himself! He spent so much time hunting down and killing Christians. He enjoyed persecuting Christians! He had a life that he had every right to regret!

Paul says he is forgetting his past and reaching forth to that which is ahead. He is forgetting the life that he controlled and reaching forth to the life that the Lord is controlling! Paul didn’t have time to waste on regretting all the evil things he had done, he was trying to make best use of the time he had left to serve the Lord!

No regrets! Don’t let the past control your future! Reach forth to that which is ahead! Reach forth to that which the Lord wants you to accomplish!

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Why I Quit Going To Church…

Before you jump to conclusions, make sure you read this. It might just help you also!

You’re probably wondering why I quit going to church. I’ve been going to church for 32 years, why quit now?

I hate to break it to you, I haven’t stopped going to church, in fact I’m enjoying it more! I think church is an important part of the Christian life! Being a member of a church provides opportunities to serve others that I couldn’t do on my own. Going to church faithfully is an outward show of my inward belief. Being able to worship and serve at church brings happiness and joy to myself and my family!

So what am I talking about when I say “I quit going to church!”

I quit going to church with a critical spirit!

The definition of criticism and having a critical spirit that defines what I had is one that finds fault with or points out the faults of.

Everywhere you go, you can be critical. You can find faults of people and you can find things wrong. Church is definitely one of those places. You can be critical of people. You can be critical of what is said. You can be critical of what’s being done and how it’s done. You can be critical of anything and everything if you wanted to!

When I went to church with a critical spirit, I missed so much that God wanted me to get out of the services. I missed so many opportunities to serve people. Having a critical spirit and going to church is not profitable for a healthy Christian life.

Don’t get me wrong, there are still things that I may not agree with, but I’m not looking for them. If something came up doctrinally that I disagree with, then I would handle that accordingly. If something happens that’s illegal, I would handle that accordingly. But to get bent out of shape because someone states their preference or does something a certain way, just hinders my own spiritual life.

My duty as a church member is to be faithful to church. I’m to support the pastor as long as he stays biblically correct. I’m to be a witness for Christ. I am to help disciple others to grow in Christ. I should be willing to pray for fellow church members, whether they are faithful or not. I should be willing to serve others, encourage others and just be a help to the body of Christ.

I quit going to church with a critical spirit. I quit going to church with a negative attitude. I know what I’ve been called to do and I can start doing that now. I don’t have to be paid to be a good church member. I don’t have to have a position or be in the spotlight to be a good church member. I just have to be willing to serve.

I didn’t quit going to church physically. Mentally and emotionally, I’m now more involved in church! Don’t let your critical spirit keep you from being the best church member possible!

An Interview With My Dad

On my Podcast, I’m starting a new series where I interview different people who have been faithful in serving Christ.

I decided that I had to kick this series off with the person I look up to when it comes to this attribute of being faithful, Doug Hutton.

My dad has been the picture of faithfulness over the years and he has been a great example when it comes to faithfulness and loving the Lord.

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