We know that the human brain is an amazing organ. With over 100 billion neurons, it is a complex and marvelous creation. Scientists tell us that we have not even begun to tap the full capacity of our brain.
My sister had a stroke a number of years ago. There were parts of her right side that were paralyzed, but through sheer determination and hard work, she has regained full use of those affected areas. Over time the neural pathways repaired themselves and she now leads a normal life much as she did before her stroke. The brain is an amazing organ.
Scientists tell us that the brain loses an average of 85,000 neurons a day, but be encouraged, there are 40 billion other neurons available in your cerebral cortex for you to make use of.
Your brain is a living organ that grows and expands as you learn, walk, communicate and pray. Don't ever underestimate the power of your brain. So why is the brain so important?
1. Your brain has potential to improve: You may be getting older, but you can still learn new things. You are never too old to learn and to grow. If your brain has been damaged by a stroke or some unfortunate accident you can find new neural pathways to restore functions. The brain is an amazing organ.
- Meditation is good for the brain: Did you know that praying is not only a way to communicate with God, but it also has a powerful and positive affect on your brain?
- Exercise is good for the brain: Just walking for twenty minutes a day will revitalize you and also replenish neurons in your brain. So, if you enjoy walking and praying you are definitely growing your brain.
2. Your brain has the ability to delete experiences: That sounds a little far fetched, but actually, you can 'unlearn' certain things. On the surface, this may appear a strange concept, but there are scientists who now say that our brain has a type of delete button. If we train our brains to stop thinking about a negative experience and we begin to think about positive experiences we can delete some of those memories that haunt us. It sounds complicated, but actually the process is simple. The Bible talks about; "...being transformed by the renewing of your minds".
- Meditating on God's Word is powerful: Yes, actually thinking about Scripture will have a powerful impact on your brain. The apostle Paul gave us that sound advice in Philippians 4: 8-9.
- Acts of kindness impact your brain: Once again, scientists have shown how random acts of kindness do marvels for the brain.
- Healthy relationships impact your brain: Good positive inter relationships have a powerful and positive effect on your brain. So work hard at keep good relationships.
Our brain is a marvelous organ. We have complete control over our thoughts. No one else does. We can make decisions that will impact our brain for good or for bad. When our brain is impacted it affects our entire body. Our brain and our body are one, and when we feed our mind with good things it has a positive affect on our bodies.
The amazing discoveries of scientists are not new. Our wonderful Creator who fashioned us has given our brains these wonderful capacities. Two thousand years ago Jesus talked about the importance of our thinking (Luke 10:27; Luke 6:45), and so did the apostle Paul.
Start your week with feeding your brain in a positive and wholesome way. Pray, think kind thoughts and do good deeds and your entire life will be impacted by it. Have a blessed week my friend!
I am and always will be,
recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,