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Moving Past Regret

By Doug Franklin May 15, 2012

One of the most terrifying words in the English language is “regret.” It is terrifying because we do not get a reset button, we can’t get back time. It is even more frightening when we realize that we’re not promised much time. James 4 says that our life is a “vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” In light of the fact that time is irreplaceable and limited, how should we live? Should we just coast and wait until it’s all over, or should we make the absolute most of this valuable resource? The former leads to disappointment, the latter leads to satisfaction and peace. To life free of regret we must live with excellence, continually improve, have integrity, dream big, and let go of past issues. Start by writing down a challenge for each week. This challenge must take you out of your comfort zone. It must require you to do something you love but have delayed because of fear. Do one challenge like this per week and watch your life change. Move away from regret and on to risk filled living. Our lives can be lived in the freedom of Christ or locked in fear of what we think we can’t do. Be intentional and change this.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More