I have never known why, but for some reason, I absolutely love brain teasers, word puzzles, and riddles. I put a daily brain teaser up on the board every day for my students to solve and it always excites me to see then compete and try to get it right first. They shout out wrong answers and rush into the room at the start of the period to try and be the first to see the problem and the first to solve it. Their competetive spirit is exciting and I often find myself encouraging each of them, but am careful to give away any hints. As I walk through my life, I realize that perhaps, the reason I enjoy these games is because my brain plays similar games on a
daily hourly basis. My mind operates as the ultimate brain teaser, and often I myself can’t find the answer to the riddle.
I think it’s safe to say that we all have our struggles. It’s refreshing to remind ourselves that we are all a work in progress, and that process won’t be over until we meet our Maker. Philippians 1:6 says, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” For me, I struggle with my thoughts. It seems so simple, but in all honestly, I have spent a good portion of my life allowing negative thoughts to take up camp in my mind and make a comfortable home. I didn’t even realize how serious it was until my mentor taught me a new technique that aids in taking my thoughts captive. 2 Corinthians 10:5. She was teaching me something she learned from reading and studying Dr. Caroline Leaf’s book, “Who Switched Off My Brain?” Though I plan to buy the book, she felt I needed to learn the technique today, so that I can begin the life-changing process now instead of waiting for the book to arrive. Let me tell you; I can’t believe how effective this process is! I had no clue how many thoughts I still had in my head from (literally) 13 years ago. It makes sense the phrase “what you feed will grow” so real to me because I have fed into these thoughts, and they’ve grow a home for themselves; probably have a few kids and a dog running around in my brain too!
Here is my major issue with all this, the fact that it’s MY brain! No thought should be allowed into my mind if I don’t allow it. I learned today that I have full control over what thoughts have an “all access” pass to my brain and which ones are on the “banned forever” list. I never realized that winning this brain teaser game in my head could be done through practical steps and discipline. It’s as if my thoughts have been taking me captive and I’ve simply been a prisoner in my own mind. After today, I know that I literally hold the keys to the only door that enters my brain and nothing can get in if I don’t allow it access. How powerful!!!
Of course, this is going to take a lot of time. It took 26 years to get good at this game, so it’s going to take some time for me to get better at winning! Even as I went into a meeting tonight confident in my new revelation, I found myself sinking back into my comfortable way of thinking and mentally (and quite brutally) beating myself up. This is unacceptable. This is not of God. This is NO LONGER going to be of me, either.