Read Philippians 3: 7-16
Do not say, “Why were the old days better than
these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions.
While doing some spring cleaning, I came across a
dust-covered bag. I expected it to be filled with useless old
papers. Instead I was sur-
prised to find old letters,
cards, and photographs
from around the time of my
high school graduation.
Life has not always
been kind to me, yet in many ways God has blessed me. Still,
as I looked at these mementos from when my life was full of
promise and potential, I felt a pang of regret for what I per-
ceived as a life of failure and mediocrity. I yearned for that
earlier time when things seemed simpler and safer. If only
I could change the poor decisions I have made, I thought, I
might be able to reverse their bitter effects.
In truth, life was not easier then. Through these hard years
I have matured, and God has taught me wisdom, building me
into a person of faith. From our new birth of salvation, we
journey onward toward our heavenly home. The goal doesn’t
lie behind us; there is no benefit in going back. Our life in
Christ may be many things, but it will never be a life of regret.
Prayer: Wise and loving God, thank you for freeing us from
the past. Lead us on toward your purpose for our lives.
Jeff Riley (Oklahoma)
Prayer Focus: STUDENTS GRADUATING
FROM HIGH SCHOOL
— Ecclesiastes 7: 10 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
My future in Christ outshines
the regrets of my past.