Have you ever felt like you were out of your mind?
Threw it away for a day?
I sure have.
I often find myself frantically searching for lucid thoughts to reassure myself that I am not crazy after all.
If you stop to think about it, as fallen creatures in a fallen world, something had to give. In addition to our bodies declining over time and having to die, all aspects of our “being made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27)” was compromised. Our minds… the source of our thoughts and feelings… became very broken as a result of sin.
As C.S. Lewis once said, “The image was bent.”
Each of us has two Families of Origin (FOO) … Adam and Eve our first parents whose fallenness we inherit by birth and our second FOO… our biological parents and primary caregivers.
Some of us had excellent childhood experiences which improves our chances of successful relationships in this life.
Some of us didn’t, which then plunges us into relational disappointment and despair.
The good news from the research from the “neuroscience of interpersonal relationships” is that the brain is plastic… that is, it is moldable and can be reshaped!
This neuro-plasticity is launched into action when new mindful thoughts and practices are employed. New synapses and neural pathways are established in response to the new behaviors, and old unused neural circuits are disassembled. New thoughts and feelings can be felt and enjoyed no matter what our childhood experiences were like.
What modern science is discovering about the brain is nothing new to God. Here is what we’re told in Romans 12:1-2:
“I urge you therefore brethren by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
The Greek word “transformation” is metamorphosis… tad pole to frog, caterpillar to butterfly. And, “renewing of your mind” is literally, “a new mind.”
God is actually interested in changing the place form which your thoughts and feelings arise. So, are you aggressively praying and attempting to learn new practices of:
- Becoming aware of ways your think and feel that are hurtful and unproductive (Psalm 139:23-24)?
- Overcoming your shame and fear of speaking truth (Ephesians 4:15 & 25)?
- Listening thoroughly to another’s thoughts and feelings so they feel fully understood and valued (James 1:19)?
- Providing comfort, care, support and nurture to those whom you are learning to love more fully (II Corinthians 1; Philippians 1:9)?
Aggressive and effective prayer is always linked to new behaviors and practices.
How aggressively are you praying that God would help you find a new mind?
It would be crazy not to ask.
Thanks for listening… more next week.
Milan & Kay