Our brains are designed for continual growth and learning. Science is discovering some amazing things about how the human brain works and how our minds are naturally designed to develop skills, think creatively and continuously learn.
The question therefore to ask ourselves is what are we choosing to learn and think about, and what skills are we developing? Are we navigating our thinking, creativity and learning towards those things that are helpful, edifying, and a positive influence in our lives, or are we filling our time and minds with those things that cause stress, negativity and worry.
There is so many wonderful, exciting and amazing things around us we can choose to be inquisitive and learn about. So many skills and interests we can discover and develop, yet sadly many people focus on the negatives; the bad news stories, the terrible illnesses they could get, the horrific state of the world and anything else they can find to sap their joy and energy. Whereas how different would we all be if we used the incredible power of our brains to learn something constructive; something good, pure, lovely and worth giving a enthusiastic shout about? I wonder if we encouraged this thinking and behaviour more, how significantly our stress levels and anxiety and depression rates would decrease?
God’s word gives great wisdom on what to put our brains to work on when it says, “to think about such things that are true; whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)
Today thank God for the amazing capacity of your brain, and then choose carefully what you will fill it with. Instead of scrolling through Facebook, the internet or the news and being inundated with negative non-productive information, why not turn your attention and brain power onto something that is constructive and will actually benefit and bless your life today. What different cultures, people, inventions, scientific discoveries, natural and spiritual wonders, skills, problem solving, creative ability, wisdom and understanding of God and His word can you discover, and how will you choose to use that knowledge today?
For what we think about and behold is what we will ultimately become.
Prayer: Lord help me to use my amazing brain power to think on those things that are beneficial to my life, and the world around me rather than focusing on those things that will steal my joy and peace, and not help or aid in any way those around me. In Jesus name Amen.