I wore it around my neck for the morning. At first it was a reminder; then it was a distraction. At some point it became more and more uncomfortable. By noon I couldn’t take it anymore.
I’m talking about sackcloth. It’s what crazy prophets wore; it was the garment of repentance in Biblical times. I am here to tell you that it doesn’t matter what you are repenting of or for; if something you have thought, done, said, left undone makes it necessary for you to wear sackcloth, you won’t be wanting to think or do whatever it was that put the sackcloth around your neck.
We have two issues in our culture that ultimately cause us to fight with ourselves and each other:
First, we have been taught that we don’t need to repent of anything. We have rights and we are entitled to our feelings and we are free to think, do or say whatever we deem to be in our self-interest or well-being. When life means we never have to say we’re sorry (to use a slightly altered quote from Love Story), then we are a menace to everyone, including ourselves.
Second, because we are taught that we don’t have to be sorry for anything, we haven’t a clue as to how to repent. Self-reflection has completely given way to self-indulgence.
Not to be a “downer” … but is there anything you need to repent of today?
A blessed Tuesday.