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Regret Much?

“When Jacob had finished giving instructions to his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed, breathed his last and was gathered to his people. Joseph threw himself upon his father and wept over him and kissed him.” - Genesis 49:33-50:1

I was a rebellious young adult. I behaved through high school but as soon as I left for college, let’s just say I made up for lost time. I drank too much, smoked too much, cursed too much and disrespected my parents way too much. In the moment, I couldn’t wait to be older so my parents couldn’t tell me what to do or who to be.

I look back on years wasted and I have regrets. Why did I yell at my parents so much? What was I thinking when I ignored their advice? Why did I ever wish to be rid of them? My parents were only concerned about my well-being.

I wonder if Joseph had any regrets as he watched his father breathe his last breath. Joseph had many opportunities to cut off his family and move on without them. He could have cut ties with the whole family after the way he was treated. But despite a sour past, Joseph chose to forgive, love them anyway and stand by them to the very end.

We are certainly not guaranteed tomorrow, and neither are the people we may or may not be avoiding.  Instead of living in pain and building regret, how about we try to live in freedom with forgiveness and make the most of every day we are given? Make today count so you’ll never have to regret yesterday.

Reflect:

  • Are you intentionally not speaking to someone who hurt you? What do you need to do to forgive that person?
  • What do you want those around you to know about their impact on your life? Take time today to tell someone how much they mean to you.

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