Metanoeite

This is the first word that Jesus speaks when he starts his ministry. It’s often translated as “repent”, but that is not the most accurate version of the Greek word. Sadly, the word “repent” is often associated with negative connotations, such as guilt and shame.

But the Greek imperative verb here is perhaps better translated as “change your perspective” or “go into a larger mind”. It is speaking to something bigger than the purely negative. Threats, shaming and guilt don’t lead to long term change of conscience. It creates fearful people.

“You don’t think your way into a new kind of living. You live your way into a new kind of thinking,” says Henri J.M. Nouwen. If we want to change or want others to change, we need to transcend our own belief systems, opinions and ideas – these have been conditioned by who and where we live. Sometimes I get stuck in “Phil’s World” and think that is the only way life is. In reality, it often takes something that “moves us into a larger mind” to change the way we think and behave.

If we want to change or want others to change, we need to transcend our own belief systems, opinions and ideas – these have been conditioned by who and where we live. Sometimes I get stuck in “Phil’s World” and think that is the only way life is. In reality, it often takes something that “moves us into a larger mind” to change the way we think and behave.

What was the last thing that changed your perspective?

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