regret:feel sad, repentant, or disappointed over (something that has happened or been done, especially a loss or a missed opportunity)
In other words, Regrets, I’ve had a few (to quote the classic Paul Anka-penned Frank Sinatra tune). But it’s not a case of having too few to mention, but too many.
I’m struggling with some things at work right now. There was an area where I believed I had made some legitimate headway by the end of last week. Only I discovered yesterday some think such is not actually the case. Then there is another area I where I dropped the ball in terms of prioritizing tasks yesterday, and the displeasure/annoyance over that floated across my desk in an almost tangible way. I’m really hoping I get the chance to set things right today.
Even with the thought of doing better today, I still can’t quite shake my regrets over bungling things up yesterday, even as I’m reminded of how I am to cast all my cares upon the Lord for He cares for me. And I don’t even want the ‘exalted in due time’ bit, to be honest. I just want to be known and acknowledged for doing my job well, to the best of the abilities and the time I have.
So how to find hope in the midst of this current set of circumstances? Because it’s amazingly easy to picture a rosy future when the present is relatively trouble-free. It’s trickier when troubles, however small they are in the grand scheme of things, start to crop up. Which is probably why Romans 12:12 (WEB) rounds things out with the admonition to continue steadfastly in prayer. For when I keep praying – not just putting forth my words but also keeping an ear attuned for answers – I keep a better focus. I dwell less on where I have mucked things up and more on where I can start changing for the better.
A tangible hope does do a lot to temper one’s regrets, don’t you think?