Most mornings I play racquetball at our local rec center. One day I noticed a tattoo on one of the girls who works there; It read “no regrets”. Seems like every time I’ve noticed it since, I’ve felt a twinge of uneasiness. The feeling is recognizable; It’s the same one I get whenever I hear someone say “if I had it all to do over again, I wouldn’t change one thing”.
So why the uneasiness? I guess If I’m really being honest with myself there are so many things in my story that I regret. There are so many things I’d love to go back and not do, re-do, undo. So many things I wish I hadn’t said. So many selfish ways I acted toward someone else. So many places where I intentionally chose to do the thing I knew I shouldn’t do. The hurtful thing, the destructive thing. I regret those things a lot.
This is one of the reasons I’m so encouraged by Jason Gray’s song Everything Sad Is Coming Untrue. The song isn’t urging me to try to live in some artificial denial of how I might live my life over again, but to embrace the hope of the good news… that it’s all being made new.
Does this mean we live absent of what remains from our past careless and selfish choices? Of course not. But even in those, there is hope. The consequences are reminders. And the reminders are constantly providing an opportunity to teach us that he is always making us new (Phil. 1:6). Jaime Jamgochian’s version of the Nichole Nordeman song Heal The Wound But Leave The Scar. illustrates this beautifully.
So even though I have much to regret, I have much to celebrate. Because of the work of the Gospel, everything sad is indeed coming untrue. And placing my trust in that reality is something I would do over and over again.