Why should Christians be mindful of the human brain?
How much does the average Christian know about its ‘secret powers’, its vices, and how it impacts our decisions, memories, opinions, relationships, and more?
I believe we could be more aware, but why does it matter?
Most of us cling to a certain amount of certainty about our beliefs, our values, memories, our personalities, and other things that bring meaning to our lives. But the process of arriving at these certainties isn’t as reliable as it seems.
Consider the incredible story told by this woman about the narratives we tell ourselves about ourselves. As a college student facing an uphill battle to succeed in her studies, she believed she didn’t belong in academia.
Years later, as a researcher in the field of psychology, she discovered the brain’s chemical ability to influence our beliefs about ourselves. It’s worth the time to watch this whole talk. And don’t miss the story she tells at the end of the video:
It’s surprising to think that something as simple as our posture impacts the signals travelling to and from our brains, which then impact the way our family, friends, employers, or fellow church members see us!
There’s certainly more than just posture at play in our sense of confidence, but it plays an important role nonetheless. And it’s probably a role few of us knew before watching this video. If you’ve ever prayed for extra confidence to get you through a specific situation, this psychologist’s research reveals one natural way God has given to help us feel a little less timid.
So it pays to be aware of the way our brains influence everyday life, and more importantly, the way it influences our understanding of ourselves and others. It opens doors we didn’t know exist, for example, giving us new ways to encourage others, the way this researcher encouraged her student.
Why should Christians be mindful of the human brain? It impacts our relationships and the way we treat others, the way we make decisions and solve problems, the way we reason and dialogue, perhaps even the long-term path our life will eventually take.
Importantly, it also impacts our relationship with God, and the way we share our faith in word and deed.
That’s why I’ll be covering one of my passions–the brain, human psychology, and Christian thought–here on my blog, with a focus on how it impacts the believer, both in community and in our personal lives.
I’m very excited to have you join me in this exploration of the Christian mind. Follow these posts under the category Church in Thought here on my blog. On Facebook and Twitter look for the hashtag #ChurchInThought.
Until next time,