So I recently learned about a new word, “metanoia,” which means a transformative change of heart and, which I also discovered, is the Greek word for repent.
Repent, what exactly does that mean anyways?
Repent: to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of ones life. (as defined on http://www.merriam-webster.com)
In plain English, it means to quit making the bad decisions and choices in life and instead make it a priority to make decisions that are going to improve your quality of life (preferably through Christ of course.)
We all want so much more out of life, we want the life we’ve only dreamt of, a life with meaning, love and a life filled with happiness, yet we continually make decisions and choices that are keeping us from exactly that. We give into the distractions that come our way, steer us off course, and cause the path to seem soooo far away – but it never really is.
All you have to do is ‘be willing,’ willing to turn away from the distractions and bad choices, be willing to say “No” even when all you really want to do is say “Yes.” As long as you have free will – the choice will always be yours.
So what if you don’t acknowledge that the bad choices you’re making are even bad to begin with – then what?
I know how easy it is to get entangled in the things of this World, so much so that it’s hard to imagine life any other way, some things can be just as alluring as the apple was to Eve.
I know – I’ve been there.
I’ve been oblivious to the hurt I was causing myself, I’ve made excuses for things I did or relationships I was in, I reasoned with myself as to why something was ‘okay’ when it really wasn’t but I’ve come along way and now (through many trials and tribulations) I know what is best for ME.
I would suggest, if you have to talk yourself into it, you best talk yourself right out of it instead.
Transform Your Heart
It’s time for your metanoia, for you to make the decision to turn your life in a different direction, and time to finally give up and leave behind the lifestyle, the bad relationship, the self-doubt, the self-pity or whatever else it is that is keeping you from the life God intended for you.
You can start by not only opening your eyes but your heart as well. Acknowledge what is hurting you instead of helping you, come face to face with whatever it is that is stunting your growth.
Ask God to give you the guidance and the strength you need. He will water you, tend to you, and prune away all that is bad. You will be in awe as you start to grow and blossom like you could never even imagine.
“For I know the plans I have for you” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11