Spiritual Change Management

Isaiah said: "Prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight a highway for our God!" John the Baptist proclaimed: "Prepare ye the way of the Lord."

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. It is the time 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 metanoia 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 the 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 intolerance, addictions, and idols.

But most important, to repent means to forgive and to seek peace.

What will you do, this week, to repent?

Posted by Terrence Seamon, 12/5/2005


Anonymous said…
I am not a christian, but you are correct that all of us need to do this.
Terrence said…
Thanks for stopping by, anonymous.
Here's to repentance.
Peter Vajda said…
Hi Terry,

I think it's important that when we speak of violence, we also focus on the vilence "within" in addition to the violence "out there."

I think it's easy for many do see violence "out there" in a way allowing one to distance oneself from it and speak to it and about it from a "safe, not-get-too-involved" distance.

Perhaps at this time of the year one might take some time to reflect on the violence "within" i.e., our negative and violent words, thoughts, beliefs, self-images, that are killing both our "self" as well as others to whom we direct our thoughts and words, for example, through gossiping, bullying, using sarcasm as so-called humor, judging, criticizing, blaming, nagging, finding fault,etc.

So,perhaps, we might look at the title of this particular thread and say: "Here I am. Now what?"

Peter Vajda
Terrence said…
Well said, Peter.


Thanks for stopping by.



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