What is repentance?
“[T]he Greek behind our Latin-based word, “repent,” means to change one’s mind. Repentance, then, is about a fundamental change in the way we think about our lives – their purpose, focus, and conduct.
That process may entail “turning from sin,” from specific behaviors or actions, particularly if those behaviors or actions are at odds with this new change of mind. Repentance may also involve regret or sorrow over having lived our lives under the mind’s old regime.
But, like a person who undergoes surgery for cataracts, the point of repentance is not to make us ashamed of what we couldn’t see. The purpose of repentance is to allow us to see. … Repentance, then, is the beginning of healing, transformation, new-found, God-given, and deeply rooted strength.” ~ Frederick Schmidt
For my readers. I haven’t written consistently in a long time. Thank you for bearing with me. As Lent begins I am thinking about building the discipline of writing during these forty days. My desire is to end each day with a reflection written in a single draft. I know that I want to write, but I haven’t settled on a way of going about that. Will I write about family? Will I take a favorite book and use passages as places to jump of? Will I simply share quotes? Or will there be some combination of the above. I don’t know.
What I do know is that I take my writing too seriously. That keeps me from doing it. It’s much easier for me to post notes on Facebook. It’s casual. As such, these posts will begin on Facebook, and if I’m able to sustain them, I’ll move them over to this blog where they will appear at once. Thereafter, I’ll try to sustain the work here. We’ll see what happens in time.