Do you ever feel like it’s too late to accomplish your dreams? Too late to do something that you’ve always wanted to do? Have you ever spent a lot of time regretting past decisions, wishing you would’ve chosen differently? Maybe you feel like your life would’ve been so much better, richer, fuller, if you would’ve made other choices. Probably, most of us have thought about mistakes we’ve made in the past. I know that I have. I mean, I often think that if I would’ve focused and pressed through challenges better, I could’ve had at least twenty books published by now, instead of only one. However, if I allow myself to dwell on these thoughts, I get discouraged and quite frankly, it’s immobilizing. It’s imperative for us to shake loose of past failures, disappointments, and circumstances to free us to make the most of the time that we do have now.
First, to redeem the time, or make the most of our time, we have to let go of the past, only using it as a point reference. In other words, use the past mistakes only to propel you to make better decisions now and in the future. Don’t make the same mistake twice! It sounds so simple, but sometimes not so easy to do. For example, some women say that they like ‘bad boys.’ Well, bad boys are well, bad boys, so the outcome is going to be, you guessed it—bad.
We have to accept responsibility for our choices. Placing blame on other people for our problems might make us feel less responsible for the outcome, but at some point, in order to get the results we desire, we have to accept that the past is the past. If someone or others have done us wrong, through no fault of our own, we still have the responsibility now to move past the hurt and pain. We have to take that past, whatever it is, and make it work to our favor and God’s glory.
We also have to remember the time that God has given us is precious and not to be wasted. People say it all of the time, and it’s true. Tomorrow isn’t promised to us, and the Word confirms this. We have to look at each day as a gift and opportunity to accomplish much and bear fruit for Him. Whether we have little or much, we should be about building and advancing His kingdom. We may not be standing on the corning preaching, but most of us can offer a kind word to someone who is having a difficult time. Instead of criticizing the flaws and faults in others, we can build them up, showing them their usefulness and importance in life. When we look at life through this lens, it is never too late to accomplish our purpose. As believers, we should all share this life mission, and when we adopt it in our hearts, we will be useful at all seasons in our lives.
Over the years, I’ve learned that one important component to being successful in life is to know what God has called you to do. I may not know the intricate details of His plan for me, but I do know some of what God has given me to do. Sometimes there’s been a comfort level and ease in what He’s instructed me to do, but sometimes, it’s a press. In fact, often there’s a struggle and quite a bit of opposition. Still, I have confirmation after confirmation, letting me know that it’s what He wants me to do. As a side note, we can’t know what He’s called us to do by the ease or difficulty of the assignment, but we will know by the productivity and fruitfulness of it. We will always draw others to Him when it’s our calling.
Another important thing to consider when we want to accomplish goals is to take action, one step at a time, one day at a time. So often, people tell me that they want to write a book. Sometimes, the people that want to write never read and rarely write. Of course, we can’t accomplish our goals without learning, developing, and perfecting our chosen craft. We also can’t meet our goals by just talking about them. We have to get busy, making choices right now, today, because these choices will push our dreams into reality! Every day, hour, and minute counts!
Ephesians 5:15-17 instructs, “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” No, we can’t go back and change the past, but we can start right now, taking action and accomplishing what God has called us to do. Remembering the time is a daily assignment to us, reminding us to be careful how we walk, how we talk, and how we use the precious gift of time that God has given each of us.
Blessings and Love,