New Year’s Repentance

January 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hey, how are you doing with that New Year’s Resolution?

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We’re only a month into 2013, and all hope I had of suddenly becoming a work-out-health-nut is gone.  Kind of depressing.  Not to fully shift the blame here, but what if calling these promises we make to ourselves “resolutions” is not helpful.  What if our vocabulary surrounding the “New Year’s Resolution” is harming our chances of becoming better people?

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Ever since our Jason DeWaard brought us those good words surrounding “repentance” – which was several weeks ago – I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.  Repentance.  That turning 180 degrees in the opposite direction from that which is harming you.  What does it look like to stop what you are doing, and then do the opposite?

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 The visual he presented, one of a person walking a path and doing so much more than diverting slightly from it, has changed my vocabulary (and goals).  This new year, this season of “I’m going to do better this time,” what if I didn’t just resolve to change? What if I repented? What if I did a 180?

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I really did decide that I wanted to begin exercising on a regular basis and to eat healthier.  It is a common resolution.  But when I put that into terms of repentance, everything changed.  It began with a fundamental shift in my goals.  Viewing this as an act of repentance  rather than a resolution got to the heart of the issue.  I want to become a healthier person so that I can become a healthier worshiper.  This is now so much deeper than joining a gym or consuming more smoothies.  I have now begun evaluating what it would mean to do the opposite of unhealthy.  To stop, turn, and go 100% in the opposite direction.

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Admittedly, the most difficult part of this whole thing is the cold hard fact that I cannot do it alone.  And neither can you.  I asked our Carly Henkel to take a photo that represented repentance, that represented doing a 180.  See above.  Notice the direction.  And notice this is not a solitary journey.

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What would it mean to do the exact opposite of the harmful things you do?

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