You know, sometimes I think about thinking. Do you ever wonder what you think about or are you more self aware than that? Where does your mind by default go when you aren’t thinking seriously about something? Or, what is that tape that plays behind your more relevant thoughts? You know that catchy tune you can’t get out of your mind? It seems like it doesn’t shut off no matter how deep the conversation.
What would you think about training that part of your mind? I’m not talking about mind tricks and games to enhance memory that are so popular. I’m just wondering if we can teach our brain to think differently even when it is on auto-pilot. We will probably never eradicate those annoying jingles. But, I believe we can make some progress.
The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. (1Thessalonians 5:17) Is it possible to get rid of that default tape in our heads? I believe it is.
Romans 12:2 says Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
I can’t think of anyone I know who wouldn’t want their mind renewed. Garbage out, Peace in. The way to this kind of mental transformation is not to imitate the world. Not it’s clothing, it’s music nor it’s trends. In order to do this the Scriptures must be read daily and the passages that are meaningful to you on your journey memorized so you can replace those default ways of thinking with new patterns. The old ones won’t die. They must be pushed out with the new. And it takes some effort. Most productive things do.
The reason most Christians look like their worldly neighbors is that change takes work.
In time the work becomes a pleasure as the Holy Spirit forms us into the spiritual likeness of Jesus. What a joyful job! Praying in the back of our minds will become second nature. Prayer does not always mean interceding for someone else. It includes praise, thanks, and conversation.
If you have a contemporary Christian radio station where you live (or whatever Christian music you like), try filling your mind with those praise songs instead of the songs written and performed by non believers. These will also become your default songs.
And, finally, I can’t be honest without telling you that you need to lean closer to your Christian friends. Don’t have any? Find a church and hang out with people of your age there.
I know what I am saying is not easy but it is necessary.
When your mind is renewed it is much easier to figure out what your purpose is on this planet. (Romans 12:2) And, that is absolutely worth renewing your mind!