If I only relied on myself, I’d be in bad shape. I constantly face decisions that are big and life-changing or seemingly small and insignificant. But since even those “small and insignificant” things can impact my life negatively, depending on God’s grace makes it all work out for good.
I do my best, but there are bound to be aspects of every situation that I don’t see until it’s too late. Realistically, I know that everyone makes mistakes, and what may seem like a good idea at the time may come back to haunt me months or even years later. The results may not be catastrophic, yet I’ve had those moments of “I could kick myself for that” regret.
However, there is comfort in the fact that God doesn’t want me to condemn myself for mistakes He knew I’d make. Even when I sense God warning me in advance and I ignore His voice, He still forgives me for all the silly things I do. The best thing for me to do is forgive myself. Chalk it up to a learning experience, and move on. Honestly admitting my mistakes to God frees me from any shame concerning what I did or didn’t do in the past.
Letting grace influence my decisions makes a radical difference in avoiding future regrets in life. From God’s perspective, He can see things I can’t and wants nothing but blessings for me. God is looking for any opportunity I give Him to shower me with abundant favor. I’ve learned that when I face a decision, listening to God puts me in a win-win situation, regardless of the way it seems at the time.