I recently learned the art of mind mapping (see The Unforgettable Beauty of Brokenness). You can note an endless amount of information FAST and on a single page where it can be seen and assessed in a glance. It uses the entire brain, not just the linear part we’re forced into as we grow up, and therefore it breeds creativity and improved memory!
Science has discovered our thoughts create physical paths in the brain, and repeated thoughts create grooves or ruts. These represent habits and mindsets. As we all know, some habits and mindsets are destructive to us and others. When it comes to changing these, two things have to happen: the old rut has to be eliminated and a new rut established. This takes time, and not the 21-days most of us have heard; it takes 64 to 90 days!
Now, watch how science simply confirms scripture. Psalm 16:6-11 says:
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; yes, I have a good inheritance. I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel; my heart also instructs me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore (emphasis mine).
Our ruts are our paths of life. Based on our thinking and what we live by as truth, they lead us where we will go.
Look at all the benefits to us:
We shall not be moved!
Our heart will be glad!
Our glory rejoices!
Our flesh rests in hope!
In His presence is fullness of joy!
At His right hand are pleasures forevermore!
So is the temporary pain and discomfort of letting go of the old to embrace the new in the Lord worth it? My answer is a resounding “Yes!”
Romans 12:2 exhorts, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Being transformed by the renewing is grabbing hold of God’s truth and making it who we are and what we do – allow His word to become the ruts that lead us on the path of life!
It takes repetition, so memorize and meditate on the word of God until it becomes the new rut in your brain! This is one of the most powerful ways to establish a new truth by which to live.
And as we establish the new ruts, the old ones get back-filled. Somehow in our new obedience the Lord takes care of the old ways of thinking.
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