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.
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?