This is an easy problem to fix, of course. It wouldn’t even take a whole afternoon for me to sit down and unsubscribe from all of these unwanted emails. For some reason though, I just never take the time. So it continues to pile up, and I continue to select “Delete All”.
Now, none of us are foolish enough to believe that this only happens over email. No, no, no. It’s true with our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook feeds as well. We could easily unfollow or unfriend, but that would take time, and may hurt some feelings, so instead we just scroll.
Nowhere is this behavior more prevalent though, than in our very own minds and hearts. The human spirit is an incredible machine, always adding new observations, information, and behaviors. Instead of going back and deleting old, unhelpful information when a new batch comes in though, we often just allow everything to pile on top of each other. We rarely “unfollow” old habits that aren’t helpful to us anymore. As a result, our brains just end up crowded and conflicted.
Not to be that Christian, but a verse comes to mind when I think of unfollowing old habits and behaviors.
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off the old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24
In this section, Paul is calling us to “unfollow” or “unsubscribe” to old patterns and behaviors now that a new way has been shown to us. This discipline is not something we do just once, but it is a daily practice that if taken seriously, will help us to renew our minds, rather than cluttering them up. Maybe it’s time to do some unsubscribing.