People say, “hindsight is 20/20.” You and I know that’s true. We can see so clearly when we look back what we could have, should have, or would have done.
But what if instead of using that skill for regret, we used it for our own good?
If you’re like me, friend, it’s easy to focus on all the ways we’ve missed out. Or maybe your eyes gaze overly long on the plans you had for your life and how present circumstances look and feel so different. But the truth is, we get to choose where we focus our eyes and attention.
When my third graders are talking in the classroom, I often say, “1, 2, 3, eyes on me.” They know this means to stop talking, stop allowing their friends to distract them, and direct their attention back to me. Even at the age of 9, we understand we have the power to direct our attention to the one who has the answers for us. But somewhere along the way we grow lazy, and we allow life to direct us. We allow our feelings to dictate what we do, and we grow weary and discouraged.
So, this is your reminder friend, when looking back or even just looking around you, be intentional. Direct your gaze to the One who holds all the answers. Don’t rehearse your regrets, rehearse His faithfulness. Remind your heart of all the ways He has shown up amidst life’s disappointments. This is how you can find peace for your soul.
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2, BSB).