“For after I turned back, I repented; and after I was instructed, I smote on my thigh; I was ashamed and also humiliated because I bore the reproach of my youth” (Jeremiah 31:19).
For anyone unhappy with the direction of their life, the solution is to be found behind them—by going the opposite direction. By definition this is the working application of repentance. What was once a life lived for selfish pleasure and gain is now a 180 degree turn and the pursuit of God’s purposes. Destructive patterns are broken only when you no longer want what you are wanting right now.