Do You Regret What You Did Do, or What You Didn’t Do?
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Looking back over the length of your life, what do you regret?

Just this past month, what do you regret?

Interestingly, studies show that in the short run, people regret things that they did.

  • Words spoken in anger.
  • Making a mistake at work.
  • Eating the extra cookie.

But in the long run, people regret things they didn’t do.

  • Not finishing their education.
  • Not opening a business.
  • Not asking out that person.

While we live daily in the short run, we create a meaningful life over the long run.

So ask yourself today:

Is there something I’m not doing that I will regret later?

While it’s more comfortable to remain passive than to make a change, it’s our decisions of action that we’re usually most proud of.

And who knows? Maybe we’ll mess those up, too, and they’ll become short-term regrets. Either way, God will be with us to help us out. 

But perhaps it’s easier to live with the disappointment of trying and failing, than to live with the long-term regret of never trying at all.

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10 thoughts on “Do You Regret What You Did Do, or What You Didn’t Do?
—Grace & Truth Linkup

  1. Paula Short

    oh boy are you ever taking to me. before my relationship with Jesus started to take off full force I was plagued by regret it was even an add anxiety inducer. But now, you know… Because Jesus I was able to throw regret away.
    visiting today from G&T
    And thanking you bunches for linking up with Sweet Tea & Friends this month. don’t forget to dig into your archives to see if you have any older posts that could use some love and attention too.

  2. Maryleigh

    I’m often haunted by the things I said that came out wrong – where I wished I could have “put a foot” or a word differently – but, then, maybe that’s Satan tormenting me with are part of the growing up to be 100! Photography has taught me not to wait – to step forward, snap what I see because I might not be able to get that same light, that same haze, that same same tomorrow. I appreciate your topic today – because if I am living to 100 – then I don’t want to grow regret over the next 40 years. I want to live fully – and that means stepping up now!

  3. Anita Ojeda

    Ohhh! That’s a good question! I regret many things about my parenting style when our girls were young. But I don’t regret the many adventures we went on. I’m learning to ask forgiveness for past mistakes (regrets) and make time in my life to do things I’ve always wanted to do.

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