Regrets hurt, but we can learn from them. It’s not uncommon for adults to have regrets about their teen years. They might say, “I wish I knew then what I know now.”
We might think of regrets as only negative, but our remorse is also good because regrets remind us we are human, fallible and desperately need someone to show us the way. Crosswalk editor Ryan Duncan described it well, “Remorse is a cruel teacher, but you never forget a lesson.”
As I’ve contemplated some of the spiritual truths and lessons I wish I’d known and learned as a teenager, the Lord reminded me of His goodness and grace. He does not leave us without help when we fall. He works all things—even our most serious blunders—together for our good and His wise purposes (Romans 8:28; Ephesians 1:11).
Here are 10 spiritual truths I wish I’d known when I was younger: