Facing the New Year Without Regret

Jesus is in the redeeming and renewing business.

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Regrets will eat us alive! And every year adds to our list.

But God is doing a new thing in 2022. Will we open our hands, release our regrets, and then let Him fill us with those new things. Join us again this year for this meditation that may help us do just that …

Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past.
Behold, I will do something
NEW, now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it?
I will even make a
roadway in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18-19

Everyone has regrets…it’s part of the human condition!

We regret our offenses. . .

  • hurts we have caused

  • sins we’ve committed

  • walls we’ve built up toward others

We regret our missed opportunities . . .

  • to take advantage of new, though frightening, possibilities

  • to choose love in difficult relationships

  • to die to our own selfishness in order to serve

And the lists go on…and truly, the regrets can eat us alive . . .

  • maybe because we can’t believe we were so selfish or foolish

  • maybe because we can’t undo them

  • maybe because those opportunities are gone forever

But whatever the regret or the reason, if we are to begin afresh in the NEW YEAR, we need to put the past to rest…to rest, that is, in the hands of our Sovereign Father God.

Oswald Chambers says it well, speaking of the regret Christ’s disciples must have felt when they didn’t watch and pray with the Lord…

“In the Garden of Gethsemane, the disciples went to sleep when they should have stayed awake, and once they realized what they had done it produced despair […regret?].

The sense of having done something irreversible tends to make us despair. We say, “Well, it’s all over and ruined now; what’s the point in trying anymore.” If we think this kind of despair is an exception, we are mistaken. It is a very ordinary human experience. Whenever we realize we have not taken advantage of a magnificent opportunity, we are apt to sink into despair.

But Jesus comes and lovingly says to us, in essence, “Sleep on now. That opportunity is lost forever and you can’t change that. But get up, and let’s go on to the next thing.”

In other words, let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him.

There will be experiences like this in each of our lives. We will have times of despair caused by real events in our lives, and we will be unable to lift ourselves out of them.

The disciples, in this instance, had done a downright unthinkable thing— they had gone to sleep instead of watching with Jesus. But our Lord came to them taking the spiritual initiative against their despair and said, in effect, “Get up, and do the next thing.

If we are inspired by God, what is the next thing? It is to trust Him absolutely and to pray on the basis of His redemption. Never let the sense of past failure defeat your next step.”



Jesus is in the redeeming and renewing business. His promises are sure. So we can flip the page of the calendar to this new year…trusting that our Sovereign God is weaving everything in our lives– past, present, and future–including our faults, failures, and yes, even our sin (because of His grace) into the beautiful tapestry of His eternal purpose in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3-14: Romans 8:28-39).


My life is like a weaving
Between my Lord and me
I do not choose the colors
He worketh patiently
Sometimes He weaveth sorrow
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside

Not till the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reasons why
The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned

Author Unknown



This is an updated edition of a post originally published on A Branch in the Vine

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About the Author

Jan Loyd is a child of God, a disciple of Christ, a Jersey girl, a former nun, a teacher, and now a wife of 48 years, mother of two, grandmother of 5 boys and finally a baby girl...these are just some of the hats she wears or has worn. Her hat as teacher has seemed to be one she’s worn her entire adult life, ranging from teaching elementary school, homeschool, adult ESOL and GED language and writing. But along with all of these opportunities has been her favorite above all the rest: teaching women the Word of God in various ways, Precept Upon Precept and Bible Studies she’s developed by the grace and tutelage of God along the way. The heart of the message that she delights to share is that we are in union with the Living God through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Currently you may find her on her devotional blog “A Branch in the Vine” where she shares several times a week and in her Bible Study/ devotional book The With-ness of our God: Relationship in Every Dimension.