I have a few long-running wishes.
If I could go back and change that one thing, I would.
I wish I had beautiful teeth like my friends.
How wonderful would it be to have the spiritual fortitude to pray for people joyfully in the midst of great suffering.
Then I went to the dentist. I have never had a cavity, and my jaw clicks every now and again. As of yesterday, I have three cavities, and I need braces... AGAIN. If I could go back and change one thing, it would be to follow my orthodontist's instructions to the letter. I insisted that my children do so because I did not want their suffering to be for nothing. If I have braces, I can have a second chance at a beautiful smile. If I have sporadic agony, I will be able to pray for people better than I am now.
When you go out to fight your enemies and you see horses and chariots and more troops than you have, do not be afraid of them on account of the Lord, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt... The Lord, your God, goes forth with you to fight against your enemies to deliver you. Deut 21: 1, 4