It’s Not All About Learning

You’ve heard the saying, ‘Once you learn to ride a bike you never forget’.

Well I recently saw a YouTube clip of a guy who changed the mechanism on a bike so when you steered left the bike would turn right and when you steered right it went left.

What’s the point you say?  Well the point this guy was making was that it’s impossible to ride this backward bike!

Once your brain has learnt to do something the same way over and over, it’s very difficult to change.

Dr Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology and a BSc in Logopedics and Audiology, specialising in metacognitive and cognitive neuropsychology.

She says “75% to 95% of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. What we think about affects us physically and emotionally.”

She goes on to say that our reactions and decisions are often made without much thought because we have “grooves” of thinking which we default to everyday.

We live in a world where the accumulation of knowledge is paramount. I have a question for you; is there ever a time when we need to “unlearn” what we’ve learnt?

Jesus brought this very thought to his disciples in the famous sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5.

He says things like, “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and His rule.”

Well that doesn’t sound right? When was the last time you were overwhelmed and declared you’re blessed?

Jesus was trying to get them to unlearn years of thinking a certain way which is, “Your life is finished when everything is falling apart.”

Instead Jesus was insisting in the moment God is right there ready to listen, ready to act, it’s not the end of the rope, God has got this!

I wonder how much of the negative commentary that goes on in our brain needs some unlearning from Jesus?

My prayer for you today is that you ask yourself what’s another way to see your current situation and how could you allow God in on it.