We probably have heard the term “Mulligan”. It is primarily used in golf when a golfer hits a bad shot and they are allowed to take another. In other sports and games it is also known as a “Gimee” or a “Do-over”. Taking a “Mulligan” or “Do-over” is all well and good when playing a game but there is no such thing in the game of life.
Lately I have been thinking a lot about the past and some of the decisions I made. I think it has something to do with the holidays. I tend to get into the “if only” mode. You know, “If only I had done this instead of that things would be different”, not necessarily better, but different. But I also know I can’t change what is done, I can only change what happens today and maybe the future.
I know that changing the way I make decisions has changed my life, especially in the last two years, but really going back about eight. Two years ago I made the choice to trust in God, to go where He led me. Doing that has changed my life. While we don’t get do-overs we do get to change our course and change the direction of our lives. This is what I have done and I am the better for it.
I don’t have much in the way of material things, , but I am so thankful for what I do have and I truly cherish it. I thank God every day for my wife, my children, my grandchildren, my sisters, my extended family, my job and the roof over my head. Two years ago I wasn’t sure where I would be today. I was spiraling downward, and wasn’t sure I would stop. But I did. I stopped worrying about the past. I stopped worrying about the things I couldn’t control. I stopped worrying about tomorrow. I began taking each day as it came, doing the best I could, trusting in the Lord, and going where He led me.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.” MT:6:31
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