The Brain Train
Some minds are designed to plumb the depths of knowledge, to delve into the puzzles of the universe, furthering humankind’s understanding and propelling us to unimagined realms of insight and expertise, leaving a legacy for future generations!
Something tells me that is not my case……my mother used to say, “When they passed out brains, you thought they said ‘trains’ and you missed yours!” At this point you might be inclined to feel a twinge of sadness for the emotional scars I must surely bear. I admit that is one angle to look at it from, but I believe that one of my mother’s great legacies to me is that she taught me to laugh at myself. (And I laugh a lot!) But! back to brains and trains……
A “train ” I did manage to jump on (and one I am so grateful that I did not miss) I’ll call the Memory Express! In 1999 I accepted a challenge, the challenge to plant God’s word in my heart until it stuck in my mind, taking firm root in my soul. Some people call this Memorization. I wince at that word. Images of painful torture explode in my mind at the very suggestion of memorizing something.
No, this has been my ticket to much happier destinations. In fact, this habit of digging at the soil of my thoughts, inserting God’s truth and then watering it with time and repeated fertilizing (meditating) has become my ticket to green pastures and mountaintop vistas. It has also driven me straight into the sharp edge of his scalpel where festering attitudes have been lanced, allowing his healing word time to penetrate the toughened layers of unhealthy thoughts and self-centered thinking. So, no, this is definitely not about duty but delight! I guess I would call it “Learning by Heart.”
And it’s propelled me into a lot of thinking about thinking! (I know…that’s so profound!) But, seriously, what goes on in our minds is pretty profound. The truth is our thoughts hold sway over our lives.
Scientists confirm that these brains of ours are really complicated organs. It’s astounding how much is going on in there. “Our thoughts and plans, our hearing and seeing and walking around, even our breathing and bodily functions are all controlled in the brain. It works with electro-chemical processes nobody fully understands.” (And of course I cut and pasted that science-y statement from a high brow-something-or-other! Next time, I’ll remember to cite the source – sorry!)
So while I’ll never be a neuroscientist, I am intrigued by the power that God’s Word has to transform my thoughts into motivation which changes my behavior which affects my world. And that, I find, is what I have become passionate about. For quite awhile I have felt a growing compulsion to somehow capture and make sense of what I have learned on this journey. My idea is to use this tool as a kind of table top, a place for laying out the pieces of the puzzle, discovering where they intersect with each other in order to gain greater perspective, insight and clarity. So basically, it’s all about me. But maybe, just maybe there will be a spark, an “aha!” that will benefit someone else. That is my hope.
I invite you to travel with me through this journey of learning, learning his word by heart to be all that we can be.