“You’ll rue the day!”
Does anyone ever say that, other than in the movies? For whatever reason, this phrase popped into my head today. Then I started laughing…there’s not anyone I had this in mind to say to. It just popped in there. It did get me, thinking, though. Do you have any days that you rue? Big things that you regret?
Regrets can be good to have. We learn from them. They teach us not to print a paper 5 minutes before class BECAUSE THE PRINTER GREMLINS WILL SHOW UP FOR WORK. That printer will have worked fine an hour before, but you missed your window. Great job, dude.
But there’s also a danger in holding on to what we regret, too. They can begin to weigh us down. Paralyzing guilt spawns out of regret. It can hold us back from really living–because we can’t move on from what we wish could be different.
Jesus invites us to shrug off the burdens and regrets we’ve accumulated over the years and when we follow Him. That’s an appealing invitation, don’t you think? Who wouldn’t want to take that offer?!?
Rue the day you start ruing the day. Live life to its fullest. When you have regrets in life, move on and use the experiences to better yourself.
In all of Scripture (besides Jesus), the person I think who had the most baggage with other people has got to be Joseph. Yeah, he came across as a boastful douche at times, but he was still a kid. His brothers ended up selling him off into slavery, thinking they’d never hear from him again. If anyone had cause to (dramatically) shout You’ll rue the day…!, it was Joe.
But Joe had God in his life. That presence transcended the lust for revenge. I’m sure it was still a thought Joseph had from time to time, but he was able to ultimately let it go. He probably had to do it over several years he spent wrongfully enslaved, locked up, or serving a pagan emperor. All the while, God was speaking to him, tugging at Joseph’s heart to stop ruing the day his brothers turned their backs on him.
“I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
I love how Joseph’s epic is included in Scripture. If there’s any story of forgiveness that can come close to Jesus’ radical forgiveness, it’s Joseph’s. His story, in addition to Jesus forgiving His torturers, kind of make our petty grudges seem…small, huh?
Stop ruing the day and start living it. You’ll find beauty in the freedom that accompanies this.