“Time marches on.” “A stitch in time saves nine.” “Time will tell.” “Time flies.” “Take your time.” Remember these old sayings?
Time seems to rule our lives. Our schedules are jam-packed with work, kids, meetings, church, home, and any other activities we can cram into it, right? Now, we add the holidays and our time is completely filled up, so we end up exhausted and…done.
We have so many obligations and responsibilities and then there are the relationships we find ourselves in; whether good or not so good. There just seems to be no time to sit back, relax, reflect and dream anymore.
Maybe these last weeks of December, we can find some time to take ourselves out for coffee or cocoa, be alone, and reflect on where we have come from, where we are right now and also where we might be headed. We could figure out where our mistakes and bad decisions were made, erase the regret and remorse, and plan some steps not to repeat those mistakes and bad decisions again.
Maybe we contributed to a bad relationship, hurt someone’s feelings by what we said, never cleaned up a misunderstanding, chose not to forgive or ask for forgiveness, used bad judgment in something we did or said, made someone in our present pay for someone hurting us in the past, or maybe even did something illegal and have always regretted it.
Now, how can we make something right? Maybe forgive ourselves or others, determine not to make the same choice again, evaluate our friendships to see if there are some we need to let go of or draw closer to, and let it all go so we can be free to move forward in healthier ways. Just some things to think about before the end of the year.
Our expert guest this week is author and speaker, Michelle Van Loon, and her topic is “Stepping Out of Regret and Remorse.” Tune in on Tuesday, December 20 at 2pm ET at www.toginet.com. She will share her own story, but also give strong practical tools to help listeners break free from the regret and remorse that can freeze us. Don’t miss it! You can also download the podcast after that day at www.toginet.com/shows/chainednomore.
As 2016 comes to a close, take the time to reflect and “do the work to make it work”, as you think ahead about how the coming year can be one of freedom and joy for you. We wish you a very Merry Christmas; one of peace and joy, and a Happy New Year, one full of hope.
“Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him for God is our Refuge.’ Psalm 62:8