I had not really planned on taking a trip this time of year,
and yet I found myself packing rather hurriedly. This trip
was going to be unpleasant and I knew in advance that no real
good would come of it. This is my annual "Guilt Trip."
I got tickets to fly there on "WISH-I-HAD" airlines. It was
an extremely short flight. I got my "baggage," which I could
not check. I chose to carry it myself all the way. It was
loaded down with a thousand memories of "what might have been."
No one greeted me as I entered the terminal to the Regret City
International Airport. I say international because people from
all over the world come to this dismal town. As I checked into
the "Last Resort" Hotel, I noticed that they would be hosting
the year's most important event -- the annual "Pity Party."
I wasn't going to miss that great social occasion. Many of the
towns leading citizens would be there. First, there would be
the "Done" family; you know, "Should Have," "Would Have" and
"Could Have." Then came the "I Had" family. You probably know
old "Wish" and his clan. Of course, the "Opportunities" family;
"Missed and Lost," would be present. The biggest family there
would be the "Yesterday's."
There are far too many of them to count, but each one would
have a very sad story to share. Of course, "Shattered Dreams"
would surely make and appearance. "It's Their Fault" family
would regale us with stories (excuses) about how things had
failed in their life. Each story would be loudly applauded
by the "Don't Blame Me" and "I Couldn't Help It" committee.
To make a long story short, I went to this depressing party,
knowing full well there would be no real benefit in doing so.
And, as usual, I became very depressed. But as I thought about
all of the stories of failures brought back from the past, it
occurred to me that this trip and subsequent "pity parties"
COULD be canceled by ME!
I started to realize that I did not have to be there. And I
didn't have to be depressed. One thing kept going through my
mind, I CAN'T CHANGE YESTERDAY, BUT I DO HAVE THE POWER TO
MAKE TODAY A WONDERFUL DAY. I can be happy, joyous, fulfilled,
encouraged, as well as being encouraging.
Knowing this, I left Regret City immediately, and didn't leave
a forwarding address. Am I sorry for mistakes I've made in the
past? YES! But there is no way to undo them. So, if you're
planning a trip back to Regret City, please cancel all those
reservations now. Instead, take a trip to a nice place called:
I like it so much that I made it my permanent residence. My
neighbors, the "Been Forgiven" and the "We're Saved" are so
very helpful. By the way, you don't have to carry around the
heavy baggage anymore either. That load is lifted from your
shoulders upon arrival. Just thank God for salvation.
If you need directions, just look into your heart, and enter
by "Grace Way." No taxes or other cost. God's Son paid the
price, in full, for all sins and transgressions, a long time
ago. Look me up if you're ready for a total change in your
life. I now live on "His Will Way." Sincerely, "Born Again."
Addendum -- 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) "Therefore, if anyone
is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed
away; behold, all things have become new."
[ Author Anonymous ]
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