Five Minute Friday: influence

I’m reading a book about how the internet is changing our brains. The author discusses how our brains are designed to change based on how we use them, but also how repetitive actions actually shape the channels in which our minds naturally run. The more we do or think in a certain way, the more that way of doing or thinking becomes what our brains want to do automatically.

This puts some meat on Paul’s instructions to be transformed by the renewal of our minds. When he instructs us to take every thought captive to obedience and to think on whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, worthy or praise — by practicing, we can actually make these thought patterns the natural flow of our thoughts.

A friend reminded me this week of Psalm 107:43, where, after a litany of God’s faithfulness, the Psalmist says, Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

Consider it. Dwell on it. Bring it constantly before your mind until His faithfulness is — as it truly is in life — the first thought, not the footnote.

Linking up with Five Minute Friday to write on today’s prompt, influence.

©️2019 by Stacy Crouch

3 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: influence

    • Andrew: I keep trying to comment on your blog, and somehow my comments will NEVER stick — they just vaporize when I hit “publish.” So maybe you’ll see this, my response to your post today, here:
      “And though the last light off the black west went,/Oh, morning, on the brown brink eastward, springs — /Because the Holy Ghost over the bent / World broods with warm breast, and ah, bright wings.” —Gerard Manley Hopkins


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