Scripture – “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right and steadfast spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit.” – Psalm 51:10,12
It is good to have new experiences, things that broaden your horizons and perhaps let you see familiar things from a new angle. I recently participated in the Jewish High Holy services, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur. So much music – wonderful music, both solemn and uplifting. Symbolism. Tradition. Reverence. Quality worship.
These High Holy days call the Jewish people to a period of introspection, to acknowledge sin, ask God’s forgiveness, and aim for higher ground as the new year begins (the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is 10 days prior).
To repent, I am sure you know, means to turn around, turn away, do a 180. “Repentance is the informing and changing of the MIND stirring and directing the EMOTIONS to urge the required change, and the action of the yielded WILL in turning away from sin and to God.” These words are used to describe Higher Choices. Orientations and Turning Points to help you align to True North. The message of Higher Choices is a positive one, intended to promote awareness that seeking to fulfill your calling, to operate at God-capacity, is the path to your best life. I was not thinking about sin and repentance. But, I see now, through the journey of Yom Kippur, that repenctance is necessary to truly recognize and make Higher Choices. In his SimleToRemeber.com article on The Meaning of Yom Kippur, Shimon Apisdorf tells us that when Oscar Wilde came to the United States, the customs official routinely inquired if he had anything to declare. His reply: “Only my genius.” Years later as he sat in prison and reflected upon his squandered life, Mr. Wilde mused, “I have been a spendthrift of my genius . . . I forgot that every little action of the common day makes or unmakes character.”
When you think about it, our days and our lives are little more than a continuous string of choices. More than anything else in life, what defines us is our choices. – Shimon Apisdorf
A.S.K. (the Higher Choices Process)
Ask – questions to discover the direction God would suggest you take.
|1. How often do you include confession as part of your prayers and quiet time?|
|2. What emotions help you know that you have gone off track, and may need to recalculate your course?|
|3. Can you recall when a repentant heart lead you to new a wonderful choices and experiences?|
|Seek – ideas on choices that will take you further along your higher path.|
|Knock – truth embraced through practice and persistence; abiding.|