Now before you start stressing about what to wear to this special event, please just finish reading this post.  🙂

As Father’s Day approaches, I find myself starting to really dread this day, for obvious reasons.  I’ve been thinking a lot about my dad and, as most of you who know me will understand, I kinda went off on a rabbit trail of thoughts! 

I started thinking of how I could have been a better daughter to my dad (I’ve been pretty much a perfect daughter to my mom, so I have no regrets there!)  🙂  I wish I had spent more time with him, wish I had asked him more questions about the Horne and Foster sides of the family, wish I had written down some of the events in his life, etc, etc.

I’m sure I’m the only one who lives with regrets in their life.  So I’ll totally understand if you just want to stop reading this blog as it doesn’t pertain to you. 

There are so many regrets in my life:  I regret that I wasn’t more patient with my kids when they were little; I regret that I was  looking ahead instead of enjoying the age that they were at (“It will be nice when they are potty trained”, “I can’t wait until they are able to dress themselves”, etc); I regret that I wasn’t more active in getting back to my pre-baby weight!  (Can’t really call it “baby weight” when my baby is 18!!)  😦    I regret that I may have hurt someone’s feelings with my teasing.  I regret that I wasn’t more compassionate to people who were grieving or going through a tough time.  (Why does it take a crisis in my own life to wake me up to the suffering around me?)

During my time of remembering my shortcomings and regrets, the Holy Spirit decided to tap me on my shoulder!  He reminds me of who I am….a mere imperfect human being saved by Grace.  Why do we expect to be perfect?  Another New Flash:  We’re only human.  I think I can learn from these times of reflection.  But God doesn’t want me to beat myself up over my “failures”, He wants me to repent, learn from them and become more like Him. 

So, you’re all invited to a burial:  the burial of my regrets!  I’m putting them to rest, they’ve kept me company for years but I think it’s time to bury them!  I’ve picked the scripture that will be read at this burial:  Phil 3:13 & 14   Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

I’m done looking back and I’m ready to press on toward the goal. 

Oh, and with any good Baptist Funeral, there will be a time of refreshments after the burial!!  Anyone willing to organize this for me?!