The choices we make, the choices we take, some we regret, some are mistakes. Some lead us near, some lead us far, all serve to make us who we are.
But still, whatever choices we decide to make, they are what turn us into the people we are. They are the weft thread that makes up the pattern of our lives, that shapes our character and builds it to what it's meant to become.
Sometimes the decision is difficult to make, other times we are entirely confident in what we have chosen. Either way, there will be many, many times in our lives when we will turn and look back and imagine that life would be better or things would be easier had we made a different choice. Tread a different path, followed a different dream.
This is tempting but serves only as a distraction, an excuse to stand still.
So remember this: nothing in our lives is ever wasted and there is a plan and purpose to absolutely everything.
We may never know what lives we've touched or to what extent our seemingly simple or insignificant choices have affected the people, places, and things in our lives for the better.
Nothing goes to waste.
God uses everything...
...even our mistakes.