Thinking

Thinking

Our minds are continually active. Whether awake or asleep, we are always thinking about something or other, even though we may not always be aware of it. During our waking times information is picked up by our senses, processed and stored along with existing information from which decisions are made. Then, whilst asleep, we are subconsciously churning over all this information. Often, when we wake up, we can find solutions to issues and problems that we couldn't figure out earlier on! 

Our thinking has resulted in tremendous discoveries, life changing decisions and choices being made affecting not just our lives but also the lives of others. Thinking aright is not always easy, depending on past experiences as well as the knowledge base we have stored up in our minds. Sometimes the decisions, choices and judgements made have not always been good, healthy or beneficial - yet they are still the result of our thinking. Our thinking is the most powerful thing we will ever do. However, it is greatly affected by outside influences, whether they be other people, experiences or information fed by our senses. In addition what we focus upon adds to this. The wise man of Proverbs recognises the power, effect and influence which our thinking has when he says, "Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life" (Proverbs 4:23 NCV). Science also recognises that our DNA can change depending on outside influences, and there are those who also recognise that our thinking contributes vastly to a change taking place. Therefore if a person's thinking is negative or positive it will have a corresponding influence on their DNA and no doubt is able to affect their health etc. in one way or another. 

However, we may think that certain characteristics we have are because we were born that way and inherited them, especially when we can see them in other family members. We may not be happy about them but we do not have to accept that that's the way we are and we cannot change. By changing our thoughts and focus we can change.  

You see, every thought we have creates electrical impulses in the brain which follow defined pathways, depending upon previous thoughts, decisions and choices. We get used to these pathways and any sensations they may cause, and that influences our behaviour. Therefore to change our thinking demands that new pathways are set up and established within the brain. 

In the book of Romans, Paul writes, "Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you" (12:2 TLB). Paul recognises that following others is not the answer to a transformed life, but rather that this can only happen when we choose to think differently. Thinking differently enables us to begin to set up new pathways in our brain. However this can only happen with a change of focus in your daily life. Without a change of focus, transformation is not possible. We also have to have some idea as to the change we want to take place.

I do not know what your experiences so far in life have been and what effect these may have had on you to date, but I want to encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to enable you to see things as He does so that your thinking may be positive and constructive in your life. By giving Him time and the opportunity to work you will begin to see how He will help you to change your thinking, which will have an effect upon your life.