Spiritual Change Management

This is Advent, the time of year when Christians get ready for the great feast of Christmas. The time to prepare the way of the Lord.

John the Baptist was the first to proclaim Advent, to proclaim "prepare ye the way of the Lord." It is the time, he said, to repent.

Repent. A word that is seldom used in the 21st century. What does it mean to repent?

Literally, to repent is to turn away from, to change one's self (the Greek term metanoeo means "to change your mind").

To convert.

Spiritually speaking, whether Christian or not, the Advent season is sorely needed in this violence-filled world of ours. Every day, in many parts of th world, people turn to bombs, guns, landmines, and other weapons of death to influence, to attack, to retaliate, to redress.

If we continue in this way, we are headed for destruction.

The world (all of us) needs to repent, to convert, to turn away from violence.

Repentance means changing the mind, waking up, seeing things as they really are, and recognizing the error of our ways, leading to change of behavior, change in action.

To repent means realizing what gods have defined you and shaking off the chains of addictions, habits, priorities, and idols.

But most important...

To repent means to forgive and to seek peace.

What will you do, this week, to repent?


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