“I am too ashamed and humiliated to lift up my face to You, my God; for our inequities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has grown up to the heavens … For we were slaves. Yet our God did not forsake us in our bondage: but God extended mercy to us … “
Ezra 9:6, 9
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Today I’m sharing a comedy piece with great truth.
We are on a trip that we ALL wanted to take, however sometimes we take trips that we shouldn’t.
This is a trip that I do NOT want you to go on.
I had not really planned on taking a trip this time of year, and yet, I found myself packing rather hurriedly. This trip was going to be unpleasant and I knew in advance that no real good would come of it.
I’m talking about my annual “Guilt Trip.”
I got tickets to fly there on “WISH I HAD” airlines. It was an extremely long flight. I kept my baggage which, I could not check. I chose to carry it myself all the way. It was weighted down with a thousand memories of what might have been.
No one greeted me as I entered the terminal to the Regret City International Airport. I say international because people from all over the world come to this dismal town.
As I checked into the Last Resort Hotel, I noticed that they would be hosting the year’s most important social event, the “Annual Pity Party.” I wasn’t going to miss that great social occasion. Many of the town’s leading citizens would be there.
First, I met the three members of the Done family –
Should Have Done
Would Have Done
Could Have Done.
Then, I met the “I Had” family –
Old wish, and his clan,
Opportunities Not Seen In The Present
The biggest family there was the Yesterday’s. There were far too many of them to count, but each one had a very sad story to share.
Then, the Shattered Dreams family made their appearance, and It’s Their Fault family regaled us with stories and excuses about how things had failed in their lives.
Each story was loudly applauded by Don’t Blame Me and I Couldn’t Help It.
Well, to make a long story short, I went to this depressing party, knowing that there would be no real benefit in doing so. And, as usual, I became very depressed.
As I thought about all the stories of failures brought back from the past, it occurred to me that all of this trip and the pity parties can be canceled by ME!
Knowing this, I left the City of Regret, immediately and left no forwarding address.
Am I sorry for the mistakes I’ve made in the past? YES! But there is no physical way to undo them.
So, I urge you if you’re planning a trip to the City of Regret, please cancel your reservation now.
Instead, take a trip to a place that I have discovered called Starting Over Again. I like it so much that I have now taken up permanent residence there.
My neighbors –
The I Forgive Myself
And the New Start Up’s
Are so very helpful.
By the way, in Starting Over Again, you don’t have to carry around heavy baggage, because the load is lifted from your shoulders upon arrival by God.
Now, I live on I Can Do It Street. God bless you in finding this new town; please look me up when you arrive.
POSITIVE DAILY PRAYER:
Dear God, I know that every day is a journey, and the trip I choose to take is one that brings happiness to myself and to all others that I greet. Help me to make a difference by being a light wherever I am.
In Jesus Christ’s name … Amen
POSITIVE DAILY AFFIRMATION: Through the love I feel directly from God, I accept the gift of a new day, leaving behind the mistakes of the past, and striving forward to become the best child of God I can.
POSITIVE DAILY QUOTE: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Maya Angelou,
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