Doesn’t it make sense that God’s Word and Science would say the same thing? Karen and I have recently had the great blessing of learning from Caroline Leaf, a Neuroscientist who loves Jesus. She has heaps of test results to support what the Bible teaches about our brain, mainly that how we choose to think can actually rewire our brain’s structure. This renewing of your mind, she says, has incredible impact on our mental health, but other areas of our body as well!
Dr. Leaf claims that people grow stronger when they make a daily habit of dedicating 5-15 minutes to meditating on God’s word (memorizing Scripture, praying and bringing thoughts into captivity—Psalm 46:10). “The brain is more active, growing more branches and integrating and linking thoughts, which translates as increased intelligence and wisdom and that wonderful feeling of peace. God also throws in some additional benefits such as increased immune system and cardiovascular health.”
I don’t know about you, but Karen and I both have a lot of need for this kind of restoration. Life is busy and stressful and it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the problems and tasks grabbing for our attention. In the midst of this, the Message’s translation of Proverbs 4:20-23 is so encouraging: “Dear friend, listen well to my words; tune your ears to my voice. Keep my message in plain view at all times. Concentrate! Learn it by heart! Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they’re bursting with health. Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.”