Tomorrow I get to teach our Old Testament class--about Joel, Amos, and Jonah. I have done a lot of thinking about repentance over the last few weeks, and what it really is and what it really means.
There are lots of words you can use to describe things. Striking colors in a living room can be "dramatic" or "flamboyant." A quiet person can be "shy" or "stand-offish." Someone who speaks their mind can be characterized as "strong-minded" or "opinionated." In the same way, different words can be used to describe repentance, which produce either a positive or negative emotional response. Too often, I think we hear the word "repentance" and think of it this way:
"The Meaning of Repentance," by Elder Theodore M. Burton.)
I think we forfeit a lot of joy by avoiding "repentance" because we think it will be hard or unpleasant--when really, it is the chance to be freed from sin, and to feel God's love and mercy and forgiveness. We just need to turn to him. :)
Okay, so all this thinking about repentance (and Joel, Amos, and Jonah who were all called to preach it) reminded me of a song I wrote back in 2001.
Read this post for more background on the writing of this song and some of the scriptures it is based on.
Here it is!
The Change |
My fantasy is that you will now say, "Alriiiiight!! I can't wait to go repent!!!" :)