Monday, April 3, 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).

I thought I would spend the first half of life acquiring knowledge and the rest of life salting it away, but I find that much of what I spent a life-time and a lot of money learning is slipping away. I reach for a thought and it eludes me. It’s disconcerting.

But I find great encouragement in Ter Steegan’s poem:

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

David Roper

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