Sleepless In Jerusalem

It robs your mind of peace, haunts your sanctuary of dreams, and plagues your waking hours. In its grip, nights become endless playback loops and days become mere tasks to stumble through.

Regret is powerful. And we’ve all experienced its miserable companionship. 

But the sadness of the past can’t be allowed to become an obstacle to the future. There comes a point when we must tell the author of regret he can no longer scribble on the blank pages of our tomorrows. 

If we don’t, regret will define who we are from now to eternity. 

There can be precious few in the Bible who knew this to be true more than Peter—he had more to regret than most. Peter spoke before he thought at Jesus’ transfiguration. He chastised Jesus for foretelling his own death. He cut off the ear of a guard sent to arrest Jesus. And worst of all Peter denied Jesus three times, then left hm to die alone. 

For Peter, the time between Jesus’ death and resurrection must have been filled with sleepless nights and anxious days. It was time filled with regret. 

But Peter did not let his regret define him. Shortly after these colossal failures, he told his story to a large crowd in Jerusalem. Three thousand people were led to Christ in one day. This was the birth of the new Christian era and Peter became the leader of the infant church. The Book of Acts tells us his faith became so great even his shadow brought God’s healing to those it fell upon.

Rather than allowing his regrets to become his life’s limits, Peter allowed God to turn them into his greatest opportunities. Eventually Peter’s sleepless nights in Jerusalem came less from regret about the past and more from excitement about the future.

If regret has wrapped itself around your heart and mind, then I challenge you to trade your regret of the past for God’s opportunity of today. 

Your defining moment isn’t what you did then. It’s what you do now. 

Live The Mission,
Greg