Recently, while scrolling down my news feed on FB, I came across a friend’s post who shared “Things You’ll Never Regret” by Peaceful Moments for Women. As I read through the list, I decided to look up scripture verses that would give us better insight into the things on this list.
Praying: I Thessalonians 5:16-18–“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Regardless of what is going on in our lives and the circumstances of our surroundings, we are told to “continually pray.” God hears and answers.
Putting Your Phone On Down: Psalm 19:14–“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Phones keep our minds on earthly things and keep us from talking with one another. Keep the communication open with friends and family by listening. Put your phone on mute so you can enjoy a wonderful conversation face to face.
Listening Over Talking: Proverbs 19:200–“Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.” It is so important to listen to one another. We can learn so much.
Visiting Grandma: Leviticus 19:32–“Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord.” We should show respect for the elderly by being there for them.
Reading the Bible: Joshua 1:8–“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” The Word of God clearly teaches us how to live and guides us on our journey.
Kindness on Social Media: Galatians:5:22-26–“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying one another.” A lesson to show kindness to everyone we come in contact with.
Investing in Memories Over Things: Matthew 6:19:21–“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Invest in your family, friends, and neighbors; not in the things of this world.
Not Gossiping: Proverbs 20:19–“A gossip betrays a confidence; if you wage war, obtain guidance.” Gossiping leads to hurtful feelings and loss of trust.
Thankfulness Over Comparison: I Thessalonians5:18–“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” In all things, we need to be thankful.
Buying Lemonade at the Stand: Although I wasn’t able to find a scripture verse, I believe this implies that if we buy from a child’s lemonade stand, it will encourage them to succeed. Positive attitude.
Taking the Higher Road: Romans 12:21–“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Let us take the high road to avoid any evil thoughts and replace them with good.
Catching Fireflies with Your Kids: Proverbs 22:6–“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Be a good role model for your children; show them God’s love by just being available when they need you and teaching them valuable lessons along the way.
Forgiving Others: Mark 11:25–“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in Heaven may forgive you your sins.” It is so important that we learn the importance of forgiveness; not only to forgive others, but to forgive ourselves. If we don’t forgive, then how can God forgive us.
Forgiving Yourself: Mark 11:25 (above). If we don’t forgive ourselves, we can harbor anger, resentment, and we can actually become sick.
Doing that Scary Thing: Isaiah 41:10–“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” If the Lord is with us, there is no fear.
Giving the Compliment: John 3:16–“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son; that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Selflessness. We give a compliment as an act of love without wanting anything in return. Love.
Drinking More Water: John 4:14–“But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” We know the importance of drinking more water so that we do not hydrate; however, Jesus talks about a “spring of water” which is the Spirit operating in our lives.
Saying I Love You: John 13:34-35–“A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” When we love one another, it is easy to tell them that we love them. God commands that we do so.
Trusting God: Proverbs 3:5-6–“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understandings; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” If we trust God, he will provide for our every need and protect us along the way.
There are a number of scriptures that I could have chosen. My prayer is that you take each one on the list and begin searching for scriptures that would apply to your own life/situation and to your relationship with God.
May the Lord bless you and keep you.