Could of, should of?

My friend, may I ask you a question? If life is made up of thousands of those split-second moments requiring a decisive demeanor, many in split seconds, what is the key to being decisive without regret?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

I’ve always been fascinated by the critical moments in life; those split second moments when we make quick choices that affect us, often for the long run. Usually we’re not aware of those small seconds until after they’ve come and gone. And, unfortunately, it’s that retrospective look at things that usually shows us what we could have done better and didn’t. Oh, those “Could of, should of” moments. Nine times out of ten we reflect and tell ourselves, “If only I’d said or done this instead of that!” Talk about regrets. You add up a a couple of those every week and you end up with with perhaps thousands in a lifetime. That’s a whole lot of regret. Who needs to live with that for a lifetime?

Life IS made up of thousands of those split-second moments because you and I really do make a lot of decisions, many in split seconds. The key is being prepared to manage each one with faith. That’s the only way to turn the “Could of, should of’s” into “I’m good with that . . . Sure!”

Here’s a story from Elizabeth Price: They probably call it ‘white-out.’ We were up there in a tiny plane, totally engulfed in white cloud. We were utterly dependent on the expertise of the young man in the pilot seat. We couldn’t talk because of engine noise but we were still very much “us” and we didn’t like being shaken around. We were comforted by the pilot’s quick look around, his smile and the raised eyebrows that signaled the question, “Are you OK?” We smiled back affirming we were and that, while he was in charge, we were 100% with him, till death us do part! Nine thousand feet up there aren’t any choices anyway so we couldn’t take much credit for our loyalty. We simply had no options. The only thing we could control was our attitude. We could choose to huddle up in misery; we could choose to clench our fists at fate or the pilot; we could throw a temper; or we could make life as miserable as possible for everyone else. Thinking back now, we had lots of options. I’m glad we chose to be 100% with the pilot and grin back in our discomfort. It made his job a little easier. (Elizabeth Price, Team writer with “Just a Minute”

Jesus said in Matthew 12:30, “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.” Perhaps our 100% can make His job a little easier, too. How many times in this life aren’t we given the opportunity to manage the moment for Christ and we fail him utterly simply because we don’t approach each moment in life with an attitude of faith? Life would be so much easier and enjoyable if we practiced moment management better than we do. God will get the work he wants to get done with or without us. That’s assured. Nevertheless, God would prefer our faithful decisiveness for our sake, not his.

We pray. Heavenly Father, living with regret is one of the most difficult burdens we have in this life. So often we make decisions and then look back with regret because we just didn’t have the trust we needed in you as our Pilot in the first place. Forgive us for our doubts and lack of trust and remind us daily, moment by moment, if we put our trust in you, our decision will be blessed. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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God bless you for Jesus sake.

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