Hi everyone. I’m back! I pray you have enjoyed all the guest posts over the last 2 months. I wasn’t really planning to have been absent for so long from writing, but God knew exactly what I needed and what was going to happen. Let’s just say, I am so glad to be back with you.
What would it look like if you lived your life with No More Regrets?
The past season has been one of the most difficult of my life. On Christmas Eve of last year, my parents had arrived for Christmas and my dad’s health had significantly declined. My mom shared the doctor’s diagnosis and grim outcome. As if that wasn’t discouraging enough, we received 2 phone calls from family and friends. Both with diagnosis of cancer. One was being put on hospice, the other was not given a great prognosis.
It didn’t matter, I was a fighter, a warrior and God had just given me my #oneword for 2019. MIRACLE ! I just knew I was going to see a miracle for every one of our loved ones. I believed it with my whole heart. I prayed. I declared. I stood on scripture, worshiped and had faith all the way to the end. One by one, my loved ones lost their battles and still I chose to believe. But that wasn’t all…there were more loved ones who suffered loss and we had some major upheaval in our church. Truthfully, all that has happened in the last year feels like one of those tragic Hollywood stories, where things look dismal but then they turn out okay. However, with my story, the happy ending never came for those I loved. And Yet….
Yet, I still choose to believe. I believe that God is still the God of miracles. I believe that even though things didn’t turn out the way I wanted, or people weren’t miraculous healed, I trust God. My dad has been gone for two months and every day I never know when the grief will hit, but it does.
This week I spent a few days with a friend who recently lost a parent too. As we were talking about losing our parents and sharing stories about them, we laughed, and cried a lot. But at the end of the conversation, I said to her, “I have no regrets” what about you? She thought for a minute and she said, “No, when it comes to my mom, I have no regrets, at least none in the last few years when she got sick. I nodded my head in agreement. I understood completely.
I did a lot of life with my dad in the last 9-months before he passed. Once we we found out about his diagnosis, I purposed to make time. I spent time caring for him so my mom could go be with her sister on hospice. I made the 3.5-hour one way trip to see him every time before I would travel so that I made sure to let him know I loved him and I would have no regrets if something suddenly happened. I also got to pray for my dad. I saw God do miracles on his behalf. I had candid conversations, made memories with him and made the most of the time we had, every time I was with him.
After my dad passed, I found myself telling people, I had no regrets. It got me thinking about other areas of my life and asking myself if I had regrets. Truthfully, I can say, that yes, in other areas of my life, I have regrets.
I have regrets that I didn’t always spend as much time with family. I have regrets that I don’t always believe in myself or my writing. I regret that I was silent when someone hurt me, instead of speaking up and speaking truth in love. I have regrets that I used to allow fear to hold me back from stepping out to do what was in my heart. I regret that it took me 3 years to start my podcast. I regret that I allowed my insecurities to hold me back from pursuing my dreams. I regret the times I had the opportunity to share the gospel with someone but remained silent. I regret the times I was hurt by people and never said anything. There are a lot of things that I regret, but many of those things I can’t change. I can’t go back and turn back time, no matter how much I try. I could allow all those regrets to consume me and tangle me up, but I have chosen to not allow that to happen. I had some warning about my dad and the possibilities, even though I chose to believe in a miracle. I had the ability to choose to live with no regrets, but sometimes, it’s not always the case. Recently, I met a woman whose son had a tragic accident that took his life. As she shared, she definitely had regrets regarding their last conversation and it has haunted her ever since.
I feel blessed that God allowed me to have no regrets when it came to my dad and the last months of his life. As I have been ruminating over this phrase “No regrets” I feel as if the Lord has been challenging me to continue to live my life in such a way that when I look back, I can say, “I have no regrets.”
Sometimes, it means I will be doing something I want to do even with the fear trying to hold me back. Sometimes, it may mean saying sorry, or I needing to make amends for my words or actions. Sometimes it may mean that I choose to not work and spend time with my family. I simple will begin to re-evaluate my priorities and make sure the important things remain the important things.
What about you? Do you have regrets?
If so, is there something you can change today so that you won’t have any regrets when you look back?
Or do you already live your life in such a way that you have no regrets?
Now, let me caution you that this is not a version of YOLO (You only live once) and therefore giving you permission to do things that are against the law, or the Bible. It’s not giving you permission to live your life in an unkind, unsafe or reckless way. This is simply living the best life you can guided by the principles of the Bible and making sure the priorities that should be priorities are in the proper place.
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Debbie Kitterman is a natural born encourager who is on fire for God. She is passionate about equipping individuals, so they can go deeper in the relationship with God, reach their God-potential and claim their Kingdom inheritance. Debbie is a wife, mother, author, pastor, speaker and the founder of “Dare 2 Hear,” a ministry that trains individuals to hear the voice of God. She travels to churches internationally and is the founder and teacher of d2htraining.com, an online course designed to equip the believer in releasing God’s heart. Her writing and teachings inspire faith and build bridges for people to believe and expect the impossible. She is also an ordained Foursquare pastor, currently serving with her husband, John, as senior pastor of Restoration Church in Lacey, Washington. Learn more at: www.debbiekitterman.com
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