May 15 / Proverbs 15 / Luke 1

brain path runner

Proverbs 15:19

The way of the lazy is overgrown with thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway.

This is the clear, vivid picture you will find in many neuroscience books describing how our brains work.

Every time we think of something, we form neural pathways to said thought. It is often compared to blazing a trail in the jungle. The first time is always quite challenging as there is much to cut through. This of course is how it is with forming new and good habits. The second time is a little easier, and by the thousandth time, that path in the woods is like a “level highway.” It may as well be paved.

neurological pathway in woods

Conversely, as you blaze away on some trails, you inevitably neglect others to the point of overgrowth, making it more difficult to again go down that path. This can be for better or for worse, of course. By letting the trail to negative thoughts about myself grow thorns in its way, I become healthier. But allowing the path to talking with Jesus to overgrow, I grow distant and unfamiliar in my relationship with Him. Then that first interaction after time off is almost awkward–on my part, not His. Whereas with daily, hourly, minutely communication,  it becomes second nature to walk down this paved-like trail to goodness.

“Thoughts are things” as has been said. They are destinations. We now know scientifically that thoughts are physical realities. And the more you mentally travel to those (physically real) destinations, the more they become who you are, the more they become your nature.

You are what you think about.

If you purpose to think daily, hourly that you are infinitely and unconditionally loved, then you will live as a person who is infinitely and unconditionally loved.

We need more reminding than we do instructing.

Reminding of who we are.

Reminding of why we’re here.

Constant reminding.

Consistent trail-blazing.

You are what you think you are.

Actually, you are who GOD thinks you are.

But you LIVE as the person YOU think you are.

So why not match who you think you are with who God thinks you are?

And this comes through more than just left-brained knowing of information. It comes mainly through right-brained interaction with a person.
Personal interaction with Jesus. The quality and frequency of your interactions determine the strength of your relationship.
Letting Him tell you who you are in a real sense is infinitely more powerful than reading about it and trying hard to believe it.
Do you need to repent of ungodly thoughts about yourself?

Luke 1:37





Luke 1:45

You are blessed because you believed that what the Lord said would happen, would really happen.

Luke 1:50

God will show His mercy forever and ever to those who worship Him and serve Him.

One thought on “May 15 / Proverbs 15 / Luke 1”

  1. Great stuff today. The picture of the overgrown and clear paths really define our thought life. Will strive today to think about myself the way God thinks of me.

    Thanks for the good word

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