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Conversion | Turning Around

The word “conversion” usually brings to mind someone leaving one religious tradition and joining another, or perhaps joining a religious tradition for the first time. Often it is seen as a singular, perhaps even dramatic event. But the Hebrew-Christian scriptures present a different image. In this understanding, conversion begins every time I become aware that something other than the love of God has taken the central place in my heart and life. This “something” need not be bad; in fact, it might be something very good: a job, a cause, a relationship, an activity. The giveaway that it has become too central is that I am not free to lessen its importance in my life. As good as it may be, it h