Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

What would you have done, if you knew better? What could you have done, if you had the opportunity? What should you have done after doing the wrong thing? Questions, Questions, Questions! Unfortunately, once something is done, there is no undoing. You can apologize or justify yet the action is done. Many of us get stuck right there.

We rehearse the woulda, coulda, and shoulda, then we set a course to never do whatever we have surmised was our error again. Since we figured things out, we don’t need God to work it out. Down the line, we realize that our analysis was inaccurate and has caused further harm instead of prevented harm. Upset and dejected, some of us, turn to the Lord and some of us return to the habit of fixing it ourselves.

This habit of fixing ourselves is exactly why we continue to be in woulda, coulda, and shoulda. Interestingly, we were not molded by God with a self-fixing or cleaning mechanism. Unlike the self-cleaning appliance, we do not have that mechanism. So our cleaning/fixing requires a specialist that knows how to fix our errors. At best, we can have an alarm light that signals, “attention needed”, like a check engine light on a car. What that looks like in the believer’s life is a notice of warning in our spirit that something is off usually evidenced in our behavior. We’re short on patience, hard on others, lacking attention to things that uplift us, and/or focused on negativity. At this point, we need to enter prayer and meditation on scripture seeking the Lord to examine our hearts, asking for exposure of what is ailing us or release an unhindered praise that breaks us free from the resistance to the leading of Holy Spirit. When the matter is revealed, we let ‘The Specialist’ work on us.

And just like when a repairman, finishing an appliance repair, gives instructions for use within the next few days or provides insight on what caused the problem, we must follow the instruction of the Lord. If it’s to repent to someone we harmed, forgive someone who harmed us, love on someone, or bless someone with something; we follow the instructions of ‘The Repairman.’

You may be one who has a self-cleaning option, that when you are in error, you quickly repent. That’s is a blessing and be encouraged as you remain hungry for the Lord. Yet understand this, even self-cleaning appliances require a good old-fashioned scrubbing from time to time. Because the work that they engage in can be gritty over time, that a self-clean is just not clean enough.

Let’s not hang out in the land of woulda, coulda, shoulda – proceed on to obtain the promises that God has in store for you. It is difficult to walk forward if you continue to look behind you, allow the Lord to help you so that you may find success.

Isaiah 41:10 NLT – ‘Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.’

2 Cor. 1:20 NLT –  ‘For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding, “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means Yes) ascends to God for his glory.’

In this journey with you, Ceci #nomorewouldacouldashoulda #Ineedthespecialist