Louisa Fletcher Tarkington wrote in “The Land of Beginning Again”:
I wish that there were some wonderful place
Called the Land of Beginning Again
Where all of our mistakes, and all of our heartaches,
And all of our poor, selfish grief
Could be dropped like a shabby old coat at the door
And never be put on again.
I’ve heard some people claim they regret nothing, because it’s made them who they are today. I understand this declaration, but I don’t always buy it. I certainly have regrets. I think we all do. I have had days where I wish I could drop my shabby old coat at the door and leave it there.
We can’t erase the past. But, we can embrace today and all of its opportunities. I can choose to hang that coat up and not put it on again. I can, instead, wear His coat of mercy and grace and start anew.
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5.17
Are you still wearing a shabby old coat?