This Sunday, October 16th, 2016, Pastor Duane White continued on our REthink series here at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.
“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.”(Romans 12:2, NKJV)
There is a brain cell killer that threatens us everyday called stress.
Stress creates free radicals that literally kill brain cells. A steroid hormone called “Cortisol” is released by stress. Cortisol creates a surplus of the neurotransmitter glutamate. Glutamate creates free radicals, unattached oxygen molecules, that attack brain cells much in the same way that oxygen attacks metal, causing it to rust.
So, simply put, stress makes your brain rust!
Stress is an unavoidable part of life, but how you deal with stress is actually a choice.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
You cannot choose the stressful situations that come to you, but you can choose what you think about them and how you respond to them.
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James
You can’t control all the things life throws at you, but you can control what you throw at yourself.
Here is a list of five things to never waste brain cells on:
- What stirs up strife
- Thinking evil of others
- What other people think of you
- What’s none of your business
- What you can’t change
There are so many arguments that do not matter. Social media increases the stress levels for many people with the tremendous number of arguments and disagreements on every issue. Just because you’re invited to an argument, doesn’t mean you need to attend!
Even if you’re right, the stress it produces is not worth the fight. Pick battles that promote peace. Protect your brain cells from needless, stupid arguments.
“For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases. As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.” Proverbs 26:20-22
Thinking negatively or evil of others sets toxins off in your brain that can affect your whole body. There’s no way you want to entertain these thoughts. If you continue to focus on all the faults and negative qualities of someone, that’s what they will be to you. You must learn how to take those thoughts captive.
If we could read a poll of your thoughts, I wonder how many would be obsessing over what people think about us?
“Yet the best path is seldom the easiest road; therefore, it is encumbered upon true leaders to brave the crowds and make the right call…the noble choice…the courageous decision. This often means that leaders must risk being misunderstood, not liked, or even viciously opposed.” – Kris Valloton (Do You Have the Guts to be a Great Leader)
If you have lived your life as a people pleaser, let God begin your journey out of that wilderness today.
You can’t waste brain cells on what people think about you. People are fickle, and if they think one thing today, they’ll probably change their minds tomorrow. Continue to live out truth, and it will eventually speak for itself. Gossip kills your brain cells!
You’re wasting energy and creating stress worrying over what’s already happened and can’t be changed. You can learn and improve next time, but let go of the mistakes of the past.
If you can’t change it, there is no grace in trying. If you can change it, God will show you the part you’re responsible for, then trust Him with the rest.
After traipsing through paths of uncertainty and clouds of confusion, you look around frantically to realize you’re lost, wandering alone in a brain fog of hopelessness.
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie Ten Boom
Worship directs us toward the master of the universe who holds the compass of life. As we surrender our frets and fears to His promise we find ourselves surrounded by his steadfast strength. In worship we realize we are not alone. As His presence fills the cavities of despair with renewed hope, our brain fog turns into a glory F.O.G. The Favor Of God!
Stop worrying about what you don’t know and determine to focus on what you do know.
“I will praise You, for am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my souls knows very well.” Psalm 139:14
We know that He loves us! He loves you and made you for a purpose. Knowing this truth takes your focus off your fear, and on to His faithfulness.
Where will your mind wander today? Whenever you are swayed to wander down the rabbit hole of worry, flip it into a prayer of faith, or a song of worship. As you continue to thoughtfully make that decision, you will find your mind walking in the F.O.G, The Favor Of God.
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