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I Don't Want to Live My Life Over Again Even If I Could

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


Some people have admitted that if they could live their lives over again they would do so. Some say they would do so only if they could retain the knowledge they have at the present time. They say they could use the information they now have to get through rough periods in their lives. They claim they would do things differently. For instance, they would not marry the same person, work on their present job or be friends with the people they currently know.

They conclude that they would make wiser choices about things that brought them trouble in their lives. They conclude that their life would be much better if they could live it over.

What the Experts Say

Psychologists, psychiatrists, and life coaches realize people have thought of living their livers over to avoid the mistakes they have made in the past. However, those experts agree about the same principles.

They say that if people could live their lives over again, they would do the exact things they did the first time around because they are wired the same.

Your Life Is Like a Kaleidoscope

Your Life Is Like a Kaleidoscope

Why It Is Not a Good Idea to Live Your Life Over

Our life is like a kaleidoscope. If you know anything about a kaleidoscope, you know it is a small tube with an image inside. Every slight movement of the tube causes the picture to change. When things change, it is impossible to get back to the original image.

If we live our lives over, it will have nothing from our present lives in it. People think they will have the knowledge, judgment, and wisdom they have now. That is a mistake. To live your life over again is to accept it as a blank canvas with new pictures to paint.

Therefore, it is best to leave things as they are. For instance, if you live your life over, you might not have the family you have now. How dreadful that would be if you didn't know your present relatives. Not only will your family dynamics change, but other areas of your life also would have to adjust to those new changes.

If you change where you live, you will be with different people who will bring different things into your life. In other words, to live your life over again might be more challenging and much worse than it is now. Therefore, it is not wise to even want to live your life over again.

Why It Is Not a God Idea to Live Your Life Over

According to Psalm 139:14, "I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well."

If you believe the above scripture about God making you a wonderful being the first one around, why would you want to live your life over again? The next time, things might not be as good as they are now.

To tell God you want to live your life over again is to say to God that He did not create you the right way the first time. You are also saying that God made a mistake when He gave you distinct gifts and talents to live the way He wants you to live. God has a plan and a purpose for everyone. To go against that plan and purpose is to go against God who created you and who knows what's best for you.

Wanting to live your life over is a slap in God's face. You are saying in essence that you know what's better for your life than God does.

Why It is Best To Live the Life You Have

No matter what age you are, it is best to be satisfied with the life you have. Perhaps you have had a knee replacement in this life. If you were to live your life over again, you might need to have both knees replaced in addition to both hips.

If we could see in the spirit, we would see the things God has for us in this life, and surely they far outnumber the things we would have to accumulate all over again. So, why take a chance?

If you are not satisfied with the life you are living, it is better to seek God's direction for a positive change in this life. There is really no need to give up this life and start all over.

Many of us have had good lives. Why take the chance of living it differently. Besides, if we could live our lives over again, we might go through the same difficult situations that we have already conquered. And who wants to do that?

Personally, I would rather continue to live my life as I am doing now instead of facing more headaches and heartaches and going through the rites of passage that I have already gone through. How about you?


Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on October 24, 2019:

Lora, thanks a lot for reading and sharing your testimony. It seems as if you are on the right track with your life. That is very good news!

Lora Hollings on October 23, 2019:

This is an excellent article, Margaret. I wouldn't want to live my life over again because I grew up in a family where there was a lot of turbulence and not very conducive to emotional stability. But, I survived and I think I did quite well. I had wonderful experiences later in my life that I wouldn't want to take a chance on giving up. Even though, I wish that things were different when I was young, going back wouldn't change it and as you say, there is no guarantee that it wouldn't have been worse. I'm happy with my life now and the goals that I set for myself, I feel, are good ones. I agree with you that instead of wanting to start our lives all over again, we should seek a different direction and start living a life that we can feel good about! Thanks for sharing this wisdom.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on October 23, 2019:


Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on October 23, 2019:

Thanks, Cheryl, for your comment. However, reincarnation wasn't the aim of the article. Reincarnation is the belief that people die and come back as something else.

Some people have the wishful notion to live the same life over again so they can use information, insight, and wisdom they already have for a better life the next time around.

Thanks for reading and commenting because others might think I was writing about reincarnation which is not a tenet of our Christian belief.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on October 23, 2019:

I don't because scripture does not support reincarnation. The Bible says it is appointed once unto man to die and then the judgment. Great article and it raises good questions.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on October 23, 2019:

Thanks, Brenda and Lorna for reading and sharing your thoughts about living your life over.

Lorna Lamon on October 23, 2019:

I wouldn't want to live my life over again as I believe that our own life experiences whether good or bad do make us stronger. However, as a child I grew up in a Civil War and that I would change, if I could.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 22, 2019:

You do make a great point about God. He might be upset we did not like our life.

But i understand people wanting to have a do over...if only we could take our knowledge with us.

Great write.

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