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Friday, March 31, 2017

The Unlearning

“Whatever gain I had, I count as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord." (Philippians 3:7)

Much of what I spent a life-time and a lot of money learning seems to be slipping away. I’m unlearning now what I once knew. It’s a bit unsettling.

But I came across an old poem a few weeks ago that greatly helped me:

To learn, and yet to learn, whilst life goes by, 
So pass the student's days;  
And thus be great, and do great things, and die,  
And lie embalmed with praise.  

My work is but to lose and to forget,  
Thus small, despised to be;  
All to unlearn—this task before me set;  
Unlearn all else but Thee

—Gerhard Ter Steegen


David Roper

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