If you could go back in time and give one piece of advice to a younger you, what would it be? Would you tell yourself to buy some Apple stock? Maybe you’d tell yourself to study harder. Mine would be to love Jesus.

We all think back to how different out lives would be if only we could go back. What we don’t understand is one change can alter history.

Take a moment and imagine if you had married someone else. Would you have the same children? Of course not. Would you beRegret living in the same home? Going to the same church? We all envision our lives would be the same but better if we had only done ___________ (fill in the blank). But our lives would not be the same. And nothing’s to say it’d be better.

We all have regrets. We’ve done things we wished we hadn’t. Maybe you were a big spender in your past, but now you’re debt free and know how to handle your money. If you knew yesterday what you know now, would you not be using those credit cards? Who’s to say. Sometimes going through a trial teaches us and gives us a better understanding of things.

Too many of us live in the past. We keep looking back wishing we could change things. Philippians 3:13 states, Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. If you want tomorrow to be different, don’t cling to yesterday. You have to change today.

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“We all do things we desperately wish we could undo. Those regrets just become part of who we are, along with everything else. To spend time trying to change that, well, it’s like chasing clouds.” ― Libba Bray, Author

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You can’t go back, no matter how much you’d like to. Allowing regret to own you keeps you from true happiness. And you need to realize, the decisions we made in the past were based on what we knew then, not what we know now. As long as you learn from your mistakes, you can move forward.Past

So stop looking over your shoulder. It only keeps you from the Lord’s full joy and inevitably gives you a crick in your neck.

What would you tell yourself if you could go back in time? Please let me know in the comments section.

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terror-group-isis-apHow easy is it for you to hate? I’m sure most of us think of ourselves as not the “hating” kind. Okay, I’ll give you that one. But how easy is it for you to want revenge? Isn’t that also a form of hate?

Islamic state (ISIS) is the extreme Muslim terrorist group that beheaded a reporter this past week. First off, let me point out how little regard I have for a bunch of men are who have to wear masks when they do something. (Think of the KKK.) It only proves these people know what they’re doing is wrong, or they’d be more willing to show their faces.

That being said, when it came to the video of the beheading, a lot of people, as I was, were appalled. A lot of people, as I did, wanted this group wiped off the face of the earth. My first thought was, send in the Marines. That’ll show ‘em.

Yet how many of us prayed for the members of this group?

We’re quick to let our tempers take over. We want revenge over the death of a journalist most of us didn’t even know. Yet we aren’t willing to allow God to be in charge. Matthew 18:20 states, For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. Imagine what would happen if not two or three, but two or three hundred thousand got down on their knees and prayed for the end to this hatred.

Why is it we don’t pray about these extreme groups? Could it be because we think nothing will happen? Or the fact these people won’t care? I don’t think for a moment that these terrorists will change because Christians are praying for them. But what I do believe is that Jesus can change their hearts.

That’s the power of my God.

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It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business. ― Mahatma Gandhi 

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God says if we gather in His name He is with us. Why would He not answer the prayers of hundreds of thousands of believers to change the hearts of these men?

I challenge you today to not only pray for these terrorists’ hearts to be changed, but pray that the Christians and decent Muslims isis-child-gunband together to eradicate these terrorists from the Middle East. Pray for the safety of Christians that are being slaughtered by the hundreds. And especially pray for all the children who see these atrocities daily. Pray they don’t become immune to the callousness, and that they grow up to make a difference in a positive way.

I believe with all my heart, prayer might be the only way to change these terrorists back into human beings.

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