As we begin Lent — I want to start here on Ash Wednesday with one of the key ideas, repentance. The word repent means: “to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one’s life.” Yet, I would like to explore another meaning. The season of Lent gives us the opportunity to reflect on many things. Hang with me here while I work through these 40 days.

When I changed my degree for the last time to English Lit I felt like I was a real failure. I had to write down over and over again that changing my mind was not failing.

It was only changing my mind.

Changing my mind.

I started out as a history major. Discovered, while I like stories about the past, history wasn’t my strong suit. I thought I’d try education. But I lost patience with younger kids and teaching reading. Then, I thought maybe science is more my thing. After all I liked my science courses. I even did a semester of student observation.

As a certified emergency medical tech back in the day, I was really interested in patient care and helping people. I tried pre-med.

It was exhausting. Afraid of large student loans, working full-time, living on my own, I had a medical condition that was taking it’s toll, and I couldn’t see a way forward as a physician.

I changed my mind and the rest, as they say, is history. These changes altered the trajectory of my entire life.

1He said, “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the gospel!”

Mark 1:15

Repent, change your mind, believe the gospel — the good news — God became human and lived among us. ❤