And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. —Romans 12:2 (NKJV)
I was once asked an interview question that threw me: “What do you think you’ll need to unlearn in order to do this job?”
Unlearn. The one word struck like an arrow.
We expect to have a learning curve in a new role — sometimes months, maybe even a year down the road we’ll emerge from it. And I had a long list of things I was ready to tackle in the new job. But I don’t think I’d ever heard of an unlearning curve. It was just never a part of the conversation in the corporate roles I’d had because we were always moving forward. Introducing new skills. Building experience. Adding, adding, adding. I’d never considered what might be the outcome of dialing back on something.
Transform means to reconstruct or remodel. In many definitions, it’s to revolutionize. That’s what we see in Paul’s words here — to follow a radical unlearning of living life on our own, and renew our minds to be hardwired for life with Him.
We’ve probably all made New Year’s Resolutions for our 2017 — whether they’re just in our thought life or they were shouted from the rooftops. To shed some of the past and look forward to the renewed. But whatever skills or change or learning curve we adopt, sometimes the biggest transformation comes from what we unlearn.
Walk confidently into your 2017. Renewed. Transformed by Him. And unlearn the job of walking alone. Once we meet JESUS, we’ll never be alone again.
Renewed in 2017,