Is it easier to learn or unlearn something?

When you consider some of the things you have learned over the years, what if you find out it was wrong? Do you think it will be easier to learn the new thing or the new way or forget the old way than it was when you learned it originally and have gotten to apply it ever since? Is it easier to get your brain wrapped around something or unwrap it and rewire your brain? When you learn something and it becomes a habit, it becomes like second nature. How do you respond and react when you find out it was wrong and you need to unlearn it? How do you deal with the fact that you have to learn a new way?

Ever tried to figure out the new way kids do math these days? Supposedly it is easier or better but for those of us who learned how to math a long time ago it seems overcomplicated and confusing. The part the really got me was the reality that both ways work and get the same answer. It isn’t like you end up with different answers or the old way is wrong, it is just that the teachers want the kids to do it this new way.

What about if it was something different that was a life skill or a behavior or a reaction or a way of speech? What about if it was a viewpoint? How easy would it be to reset it? I reflect on my grandparents and parents or elderly people who have lived through so many changes and wonder. Especially if you look at their viewpoint or behavior and think there is some form of prejudice or discrimination. I remember in high school getting to be a part of multicultural exchange and when I learned from the family I got to spend my time with, about apartheid in South Africa which they had escaped from, it blew my mind. It was more than confusion, it got me angry. To think that some people at that time in history could still think it would or could or should be ok to have segregation and discrimination was horrific. Imagine the people who go to live thru the world wars and their viewpoint. Imagine the things you would have to learn and unlearn if you lived through most of the 1900s. Imagine all the changes and innovations that you would have gotten to see and how many times you would have to relearn things.

How do you deal with learning things that feel counter intuitive? How do you deal with learning things that seem to be backwards to your view? How does it impact your ability to learn? How does it impact your ability to ramp up? How does it impact your ability to keep up? How does it impact your ability to adjust?

Are you ready for change? Are you ready to have to unlearn things? Are you ready to delete the old things and replace them with new ways? How hard is it for you to be able to grasp the reality that you have to change and relearn? How often are you able to do it?

Imagine thinking the world was flat. Imagine thinking the universe revolved around the earth. Imagine finding out that you can’t fall off the edge of the planet. Imagine learning that the moon rotates around the earth and the earth rotates around the sun. Imagine learning about gravity. Imagine learning that not only isn’t the world flat but it is also rotating. How hard do you think it would be for those folks to relearn? How hard would it be to convince people otherwise?

So is it easier to learn or relearn something? Is it pride or something else that makes it difficult?

The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for April 23rd

Reversing the Learning Curve


‘At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. ‘

Matthew 11:25

  • Ever come to realize that something is the opposite to what you expect?
  • Imagine having to serve if you want to lead
  • Imagine strength being found in weakness
  • Imagine having to be a humble servant to be great
  • Imagine having to admit the darkness and how depraved your heart is will cause you to become closer to God
  • Imagine the truths of God is more clear to babies and hides it from the proud and know it all
  • Imagine having to go back to the basics in order to learn spiritual truths
  • Don’t let your education or your status keep you from being able to receive Jesus into your life and believing the truths of God
  • Don’t allow pride to cause you to have a closed heart and miss the reality and truth
  • Ever considered who flocked to Jesus and who rejected Him?
  • Ever considered who listened with an open heart to Jesus and trusted Him?
  • Ever considered who got to see and experience the miracles of Jesus and who didn’t and missed out?
  • Don’t be fooled by the lies or deception of the devil or lean on your own understanding because you think that “knowledge is power”.
  • Don’t allow the education, the power, the knowledge you have to rob you of being able to hear from God and receive from Him.
  • Let’s come to God with a humble heart!
  • Let’s come to God with our questions and confusions and allow Him to bring clarity and vision and wisdom!

What are some ways pride can prevent us from learning spiritual truth from God?
  • You think you know it all and so you aren’t willing to listen
  • You think you don’t need to know more and so you miss out on the opportunity and wisdom
Where are you on the reverse learning curve? Explain your answer.
  • work in progress.
  • Some things I get more easily because of my education – like multi-dimensional actions and how God outside of the ones I can visualize is able to work and cause incredible miracles.
  • My hope and trust are in Jesus


“When you know the author of the Book, the Book will have meaning to you.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:

So are you ready to learn something different? Are you ready to jump on the reverse learning curve? Are you ready to unlearn some things? Are you ready to receive wisdom you need to make it real? Are you ready to be transformed by it?

Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together:

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?

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