True vs False Repentance

According to the Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament (Louw & Nida) the word repentance means, to change one’s way of life as the result of a complete change of thought and attitude with regard to sin and righteousness. 

In repentance, a person is given a true sense of the heinous nature of sin and, hating it, they turn to God through Christ with the desire to part ways with it. It is a gift that God gives to us and true repentance leads to eternal life (2 Tim. 2:25).

False repentance is scary because it can trick us into thinking we’ve truly repented when, in reality, we’ve only found more crafty ways to hold on to our sin.

Why bring this up you ask … If you have ever changed your mind about anything, then you understand the basis of one of the most important spiritual principles in the Bible: repentance. When someone pretends to confess and turn away from sin, but in the depths of his heart means only to appease anger and escape consequences, it leaves in its wake an especially sensitive kind of confusion and pain.

Deep thinking for a Saturday morning eh? Not really.

The Hebrew Sabbath, the seventh day of the week, is often spoken of loosely as "Saturday" but in the Hebrew calendar a day begins at sunset and not at midnight so the timing seemed right.

Pearls before Swine

New to me this week … the expression usually expressed in the negative proverbial form - 'don't cast your pearls before swine', and is found in the Bible, Matthew 7:6, first appearing in English bibles in Tyndale's Bible, 1526:

The biblical text is generally interpreted to be a warning by Jesus to his followers that they should not offer biblical doctrine to those who were unable to value and appreciate it.

In other words, to offer something valuable or good to someone who does not know its value i.e. I'm afraid you're casting pearls before swine with your good advice - she just won't listen.

Habit Formation 101

According to Psychology Today, Habit formation ‘… is the process by which new behaviours become automatic. Old habits can be difficult to break, and healthy habits are often harder to develop than one would like. That's because the behavioural patterns we repeat most often are etched into our neural pathways. The good news is that, through repetition, it's possible to form—and maintain—new habits. And even long-time habits that are detrimental to one’s health and well-being can be shaken with enough determination and a smart approach.’

On making a (good) habit stick, they go on to say ‘… It’s all too easy to fall short in the pursuit of behaviour change, whether the ultimate aim is to nix a disruptive habit or to establish a new one. Excuses, fatigue, and the vagueness of our goals can spell doom for such endeavours. With some focus, these obstacles can be overcome. Experts advise that strategies such as creating a specific and reasonable goal for behaviour change, being mindful of how one’s environment influences the effort to make progress toward it, and looping in other people who care about one’s progress can all help make the process of habit formation more successful.’

A read a good book over the weekend (Effective Communication) and it’s had quite an impact on me. Steps on the road (or bridge in this case) of continual Personal Development.

Giving and Getting Praise

In London today for the 2018 Betting on Football Conference & Expo at Stamford Bridge. Having spent an hour or so talking through some ideas and opportunities with a new business partner, we got onto pastimes, loves, likes and what we get up to when not ‘talking shop’.

As one current and one past martial artist, we swapped war stories having both seen, watched and training with the likes of Andy Sherry, Bob Poynton, the Brennan brothers and Terry ONeill; the great Terry ONeill being a friend of my contact.

Reminicing about our past endeavours, I told of Terry once telling me that ... I trained with ‘good spirit’. Given that it was probably more than 30 years ago when he said it ... my point you ask ... the positive impact of recognising effort in times of adversity or patting someone on the back for a job well done can last for a very long time. 

Try it tomorrow. Make someone’s day. Make a positive and lasting memory of you with someone else however, you’d better mean it. :-)