At the beginning of the year I posted about my "One Word" for this year, CHOICE and I mentioned how I had become aware of the fact that some of the choices I had been making were keeping me mired in the mud of emotional distress.
I also have been following Dr Caroline Leaf on facebook (you can find her HERE). She is someone who studies the brain and is also a believer so her statuses are very profound for me as they relate to my emotions and my ability to "renew" my thoughts through the reading of God's word.
Then, a good friend of mine asked if I had read Dr Leaf's book, "Switch of your Brain". I said no but I was curious to do so. Off I went to our local Christian book shop and bought a copy.
What I have been reading has really really been an eye-opener! Dr Leaf starts each chapter with a scripture and the corresponding science behind it which gives me peace that she is not some airy fairy Doc but a genuine child of God.
So to today's post! I am astounded at the powerful tool the Lord has placed in our hands and how blank I have been to it. I have always believed that to make good choices are a good thing and there are scriptures that encourage you to do that, for example: (Duet 30 v 19: I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore, you shall choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants). But for me the revelation has been this, I have always believed that in trying to make good choices I have been fighting against a "set in concrete" brain that is the way it is because of all that has gone before, circumstances and choices I have made, but the truth is, my brain is not set in concrete. It is malleable, able to change minute for minute, based on my choices. So, the choices I make today, good or bad, alter my brain accordingly. The revelation for me is that I can change my brain for the good, for life, for health, by the choices I make right now. They WILL affect my brain. I am not fighting a losing battle.
And the scriptures back this up. For example Romans 12v2: And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you]. God says we CAN renew our minds! And then there is this amazing scripture in Job 22v28: You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light [of God's favour] shall shine upon your ways.
As I am reading these things and I am finding scriptures randomly in all different ways (my quiet time, a daily reading sent by email, Dr Leaf's book) I am realizing that the Lord is telling me, "Tracy, your choices matter! They will not only make you feel better emotionally because today you made a right choice. They will also change your brain for the better and thereby change your health, physically, mentally and spiritually. Your thoughts count! Your choices count! They are powerful! I created you that way."
For the first time in my life I am realizing that I have been given this amazing tool to control who I turn out to be, so long as I line all of this up with God and His word! If I do this on my own, in a worldly platform (positive thinking, etc) it'll work temporarily. It won't work on the inside of me because it will be in my own strength! But to use this tool, in line with God and His word, makes a permanent change in who it is the Lord created me to be and I will start achieving all that the Lord has set before me. THAT for me is the "bazinga"!!!!
I leave you with a scripture found in my quiet time this morning... Acts 17v30(b)...but now He charges all people everywhere to repent (to change their minds for the better and heartily to amend their ways, with abhorrence of their past sins). Can I just say .... "WOW"
I encourage you to get hold of "Switch on your Brain". Dr Caroline Leaf's book is AMAZING! I am only a quarter of the way through and the second half is about the "how" to go about making these positive choices and changes that affect our brains so deeply. I am so excited to get to the nitty gritty!
Watch for my next "CHOICES" post where I will write about another "bazinga" moment, the ability to step outside of our thinking before we make choices. You know, being aware of our thinking, before making a choice! Its not just a reflex thing!