The Brain, Producer of my Life Script
Mark Twain said, “Life does not consist mainly, or even largely of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts flowing through ones head.” Think about it. He is saying this 3 lb. organ sitting on top of the neck where 100 billion neurons and trillions of dendrites are being activated by flowing chemicals — chemicals that are activated by a person’s words, thoughts, and actions are writing the script for your life.
So we could say, the way we see ourselves as an adult is largely influenced by the words and the things we have experienced growing up. If there was verbal abuse growing up, we would probably have a brain filled with false messages. These false messages create a poor image of ourselves that leave us with little or no confidence in our abilities.
If it were possible to have a brain transplant when we became an adult, we might luck out and get a more healthy brain. One that told us the truth, that God loves us more than we can ever imagine, and “that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.” Prov. 139. Our confidence would soar, and we would see ourselves as God sees us and not through the false messages told to us, or ones we repeated and believed as a result of some painful experience. Since we can’t do a brain transplant, and since we don’t want to live with lies and negative thoughts the rest of our life, we must do a word transplant.
The brain is an organ just like the heart, and the brain’s function is to record what it sees and hears. It does not know a truth from a lie, so as a child, it will record and believe what it is told. The good news is that through the help of God, and yes, a good counselor or coach, the brain can be set free. The first step is to recognize the need. The second step is to make a commitment to renew the mind. It is not easy to replace messages that have been engraved deeply in the brain for years. The third step is to get into a Church that teaches the Bible, and allow your brain to soak up the truth of who you really are and what you were created for.
Twain was right, life can consist of a storm of thoughts running through ones head. But, life can also consist of a rainbow of renewed thoughts running through one’s healthy mind, bringing peace after the storm.