Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 39 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, two daughters-in-law--Leah and Vanessa, and four grandchildren grandsons: Knox, Eli, Penny and Violet. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2013 Jul 08
A friend asked for my thoughts on living with no regrets. To me it’s all about direction. A few years ago the Lord gave me a set of sayings that I call the First Law of Spiritual Progress:
I can’t go back.
I can’t stay here.
I must go forward.
In truth, there is no such thing as a life lived with no regrets in the literal sense because we all fall short in many ways. Only Jesus truly could say “It is finished” and know that he had perfectly completed all that God had for him to do. The rest of us will struggle with a sense of failure, of jobs left undone, of projects uncompleted, of dreams unfulfilled, of steps not taken, or roads not traveled, or decisions made that now seem like wrong choices. I see no way to escape this.
The question then becomes, what will we do with our failures? If we let them shape us, our failures will dominate us forever. Or we can resolve to believe that in Jesus Christ, we can always make a new start with the Lord.
So the key is to say, “I won’t go back. I’m not going to live in the past. I won’t let my yesterdays define who I am today. And I can’t stay here because life is like a river that rolls ever onward. By God’s grace, I will go forward, one day at a time, one step at a time, trusting God to lead me, following the Lord to best of my ability, believing that with Christ, the best is always yet to come.”
In the spiritual life direction makes all the difference. It’s not where we’ve been but where we’re going that matters.
It's Monday morning. Which way are you going this week?
Let's resolve to go forward with Christ.