We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus. We are being transfigured into his very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another. And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (TPT)
The Changes We Make Along the Way – The Edit Series – Part 4
The idea of editing, whether it be writing or your life, is intimidating because we automatically assume that something that needs editing, is something that is bad.
You know why you edit? Because what you have, who you are, the work you’ve done, is valuable. You don’t change because you’re bad. You change because you grow. You change because that's how you stay alive. Change is the most natural and common occurring pattern in the world. Everything around us changes – bends and morphs and grows and evolves.
The Biblical narrative is full of the stories of people who changed; verses encouraging us to transform; parables warning the perils of rigidity.
And yet, for some reason, we hate change. We rebel against it. We stand our ground and refuse to move. Because if we move, that means our previous position was wrong.
And we hate being wrong.
Repentance isn’t something that you do because you’re wrong and you need to be made right, cos you’re unacceptable when you’re wrong. Repentance is the practice or re-aligning your life to the path it was made for. Sometimes that's because you’ve gone off the path, other times it's because the path changes. Season changes. You lose a job, you get married, have a child, lose a child, lose a partner, have success, make decisions… repentance is the ever-turning towards your true self in Christ.
It’s the practice of editing, of valuing your life enough to make the changes it needs to stay healthy.
In Judaism, the word for repentance is Teshuvah, and it literally means “return.” It’s not so much about asking for forgiveness, as it is about re-alignment. The purpose of repentance in Judaism is self-transformation, not divine purification. (1).
It’s something we do that changes us.
Some edits are small; a letter here, an apostrophe there. Other edits are big, where we re-work whole sections, paragraphs, and even chapters, some get deleted, some get re-written. But all the work builds towards a storyline making it truer; making it beautiful. And when I say beautiful, I don’t mean perfect.
Beauty includes everything from brokenness to joy.
Writers know that the editing process must take place. Their work must be evaluated, and changes will happen. It’s part of the journey of creating a masterpiece.
And you? Your life? You are a masterpiece in the process. ‘Edits' are the changes we make along the way that brings us closer to God, beauty, and our true selves. We should embrace the moments of editing – repentance – rather than feel ashamed of them. It’s how we get there… to wherever we are heading.
From glory to glory and everything in between.
Written by Liz Milani
1. A Code of Jewish Ethics: Volume 1 – You Shall Be Holy. Rabbi Joseph Telushkin. New York: Bell Tower, 2006. p. 152-73.
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