“Dealing with Regret” Playlist

We may feel regret, and think that this is just who we are. God understands how we feel, but wants to help us see that we are not defined by our mistakes.
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No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, [14] I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Philippians 3:13-14 NLT

It is easy to get stuck in the past. We can get so caught up in our guilt, mistakes, or even fear of messing up again that we are unable to move forward. We may feel like we are trapped in who we’ve become, and it can feel impossible to change. We may feel regret, and think that this is just who we are. God understands how we feel, but wants to help us see that we are not defined by our mistakes.

Paradoxically, my bitter experience was pushing me toward wholeness. For You, God, have put behind all my shortcomings and wrongdoings. You have rescued me from death. You pulled me from a black hole of nothingness and held me close to You.

Isaiah 38:17 – The Voice

The very mistakes and flaws that we think will define and hold us back for ever are actually what bring us closer to God and friends. They don’t have to define us, but can propel us toward “wholeness,” as this scripture calls it. But when we are stuck in the past, this progression is easier said than done.

And that’s where music can help us. Music speaks to the soul and helps us express parts of ourselves that are too deep for words. Through music, we can understand and express our sadness, anger, happiness, insecurity, and so much more. Through music, we can go from feeling overwhelmed by regret and guilt to confident and growing with God.

The playlist is meant to display the same progression David went through in the Psalms – starting with songs about feeling lonely, rejected, and afraid of being known, and progressing to seeing how God loves us for who we are and understands what we go through. Though this progression is meant to help you work through your emotions as you listen, you can listen to the playlist in whatever order you want – it is meant to help you work through, understand and express the emotions of your heart!

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