As surprising as it may sound, I’m not the most technologically savvy person in the world.  But I am smart enough to know whom to call, like Russ N. But beyond that, I’m pretty useless. In fact today I finished a “Zoom for Dummies Workshop” (They called it Zoom 101) hosted by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.  (However, I can change batteries.) So, as I read an article which quoted, American writer, futurist, and businessman Alvin Toffler who observed, “The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn,” it settled me into my thinking chair.  I invite you to sit with the notion of learn, unlearn, and relearn. The dictionary defines learn as “to gain or acquire knowledge of or skill in (something) by study, experience, or being taught… unlearn is to “discard (something learned, false or outdated information) from one’s memory and relearn is “to learn (something) again.” What disturbs me is the unlearning step in the process. It is the most challenging for me. Deconstructing thoughts embedded in my thinking, acting and reacting is more than unsettling to me and when I’m honest, I know that I am resistant to unlearning (letting go) of those long held beliefs, assumptions, practices and values. It unnerves me when I begin altering what I know and practice for new ways of seeing/thinking/reflecting. It’s how I make sense of the world.  What I realize is unlearning, results in transformative change and transformative change becomes irreversible. New ways of being emerge. The question is “What do I need to unlearn?”

Scripture Reading: John 14:26
“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.”

Reflection Questions:
In this continued season of COVID what did you learn about yourself?
What did you need to unlearn?
How is God’s word fresh and anew to you?

Prayer: Holy God, help me to see what I need to unlearn. Disturb me just enough to be open to your transformative Spirit. Let be less fearful of change and more faithful in the living of these days. Amen.