Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Unlearning

This month, I started reading In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day by Mark Batterson. There are a lot of good quotes in there that have stuck with me. If I ever have time to stop and write, I'm sure this book could generate quite a few posts!

Here's one where he talks about unlearning:

"Half of learning is learning. The other half of learning is unlearning. Unfortunately, unlearning is twice as hard as learning. It's like missing your exit on the freeway. You have to drive to the next exit and then double back. Every mile you go in the wrong direction is really a two-mile error. Unlearning is twice as hard, and it often takes twice as long. It is harder to get old thoughts
out of your mind than it is to get new thoughts into your mind."

I get frustrated sometimes because I'm not "unlearning" as quickly as I'd hoped. I feel like I'm playing a game of mental whack-a-mole: just when I think I've banished an old thought pattern from my mind, it pops up again...

Batterson also says: "Faith is unlearning the senseless worries and misguided beliefs that keep us captive. It is far more complex than simply modifying behavior... Faith is rewiring the human brain."

Rewiring the brain... that's what I need. And I guess the idea isn't too far fetched: the Bible does talk about "renewing our minds..."

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

FYI....

"I'm sure this book could generate quite a few ***pots!***"

Typo. :) (Hal said you needed a payback- lol!)

RP said...

Well, since I am stewing over this, I suppose it could generate a few pots =o)

LOL!

But yes, I've been caught. And corrected. Thank you!

David said...

I stumbled across your website the other day and have been enjoying it quite a bit since. I also am a recovering pentecostal and so much of your story is exactly like mine, except for the cult-like church you originally attended. I found an awesome Anglican church a few years and I'm amazed at how much my faith has grown since joining a church that bases its message on God's word, prayer, relationship and a nice mix of contemporary and the traditional. I too have become more than a little fed-up with modern thinking churches that seem more like a Tony Robbins self-help seminar than a Christ centered church. Keep up the good work, I'll keep reading!