January 3, 2018

Beyond Regret

By: Megan Ellenberger [Stevens, PA]

As a young adult staff member of my church’s youth group, I was sitting in on the weekly Bible study.

That night we were asked to write down regrets we had. Unfortunately, I didn’t have to think too long to come up with a list. The first item I wrote on my list was not sharing the gospel with a classmate while we were in Germany as exchange students. He had given me the perfect opening, and I regret that I was not ready to give an answer. I jotted down a few other regrets, but the first one that popped into my mind was definitely at the top of my list.

Have reverence for Christ in your hearts, and honor him as Lord. Be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you.
1 Peter 3:15 (GNT)

As I reflected on that experience, I realized that I needed to consider a deeper question: What comes after regret? I decided that what comes after my Number One regret is the determination and the promise to prepare myself through scripture, prayer, and practice always to be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in me. With God’s help, I will not make that mistake again.

THINK ABOUT IT: Make a list of your regrets. Begin with the regret that tops your list and decide: What comes after this regret?

Embrace Life

Don’t get trapped in negativity. Learn to laugh and love and share because the positive things in life far outweigh the negatives. Try new things, meet new people, accomplish your dreams, bring others joy. How will you make the most of God’s gift to you?


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