I don’t have any regrets, but there sure are some things I’d change if I could go back in time.
My wife will tell you that I complain quite a bit. I see some young folks jogging past and I’ll say, “If I were 20 years old again, I’d eat less pizza.”
A former pastor of mine liked to tell about his last Sunday in the church I grew up in. As he preached, one of the men stepped up on a chair and turned the hands of the clock backward so Dr Cox could keep on preaching.
We can’t go back. We can’t change the past. Turning the hands of the clock backward – or forward – won’t change yesterday or tomorrow. However, the Bible says that there is coming a day of newness.
The twenty-first chapter of the Book of Revelation talks about the day when God will make a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away (Revelation 21:1).
Then a few sentences later we read: And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelation 21:4-5).
Heaven won’t be a place of second-chances, but a place of starting new.