Friday, January 25, 2013

if i could do it again

i wish i had more minutes like this
(with the nieces & nephews)
with my own kids....
junior high...
i would say no more often
my sons' toddler years...
i would say yes more often
my first years teaching...
i wouldn't yell so much
2005...
i wouldn't stop eating
but
here i go
wallowing in regret
as i think about again
when this i believe...
god intends (the harmful things) for good
to accomplish what is 
now
being
done

how about you? what would you change if you had the chance?

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14 comments:

  1. What a thought provoking post! Maybe I'd change much - but then again maybe I'd change nothing. You're so right to say that God allows the pain for good - though I definitely know sometimes it's hard for us to see that good! I get caught up in "wishful" and wistful thinking about regrets too. I guess you're right and the only way to move beyond is to go forward saying yes more often and yelling less ;-)
    Lovely post! Thanks for sharing

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  2. nothing and everything.
    He makes beautiful things out of our messes, doesn't He?
    I mean, just look at our friendship :)

    I love this post.
    I love you. <3

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    1. yeah....if i changed 2005, we wouldn't be us, would we?

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  3. Kendall, The question you pose digs deeply into my spirituality. Because I am so filled with regrets, I have humbled myself before God repeatedly, and the consequence of my regrets helps me to accept my humanity (the good & the bad) and move forward with, hopefully, God's approval. Regrets do sting, however. Maybe the sting is medicinal. Kendall, I love your authenticity and spirit!

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  4. how do you do it? How do you say so much in such a little space? Loved this post.

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  5. This is a deep question - one to ponder. There are quite a few things that I would change if I could. However, I so agree with you. God redeems those mistakes, and weaves them into the story HE is creating in my life now.

    So, I'm with Paul:

    "No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us." (Philippians 3:13-14, NLT)

    GOD BLESS!

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  6. This is beautiful. I too, stop to ponder. Profound wisdom in very few words. Thank you. ~jana

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  7. You know, you really have a gift. Seriously.

    You draw me in this whole big idea with just a few words.

    Lifetime do overs? Geesh. There are many. I guess realizing some people do not change. Trying to make them who they are not won't work. Period.

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  8. "god intends (the harmful things) for good
    to accomplish what is
    now
    being
    done" - Amen!

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  9. I sure do enjoy your writing! There are a few, just a few regrets. I try to focus more on what works and what I learned from my failures. Bill and I decided early on in our marriage we didn't want regrets. If something would happen to either of us now we can look back and yes, what a wonderful life!

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  10. um, i'd change pretty much everything. which is why it's kind of a relief that i can't, that God--in His mind-blowing mercy and omnipotence--redeems and uses even this. even me.

    love you and your beautiful perspective.

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  11. You are making me think. I would have said yes to God sooner than I did.

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