Leslie Shields has a doctorate in Christian Education and Evangelism. Her heart is to help others apply the Word of God to everyday living.
What Did You Say?!
Did you know that we have 3 brains? That's right! We have a brain in our head, a brain in our heart, and a brain in our belly. I often wondered why the saying is, "As a man (or woman) thinks in his (or her) heart, so is he (or she)? Now I understand.... it is because we think in 3 places.
No wonder we are confused sometimes! Which brain should we listen to?
Which Brain Does What?
The thoughts in our head come from our experiences, knowledge, and the voices of others, including the voice of the devil.
The thoughts in our bellies come from the emotions of past experiences, or the excitement of experiencing a new emotion.
The thoughts in our hearts are the thoughts of our faith, the place where our hopes, our dreams, and our vision come from. The thoughts in our hearts connect us to God.
You Knew It - You Just Ignored It
You know it for yourself. Some things you don't do because they don't make sense to you - that's your head thinking.
Some things you don't do because you didn't like the feeling you had when you did them before. That's your belly thinking.
Some things you don't do because you don't believe they are right for YOU to do. They may be ok for others to do, but your sense of right and wrong, your morality and convictions, your faith say these things are not right for you. That's your heart thinking.
We need the information from all 3 of our brains. Thank God we have a system that teaches us, that warns us, and that allows us to dream beyond what we see.
Even though our 3 brains are independent to a degree, but they all affect one another.
How Does This Work?
Say there is a child who wants to be an astronaut. That thought, that dream is in the child's heart. They have no idea what it takes to become an astronaut, but they are determined to be one when they grow up. The thoughts in the child's head and the thoughts(feelings) in the child's belly will either agree and support that dream or kill it.
So, if that child is encouraged in that dream, by their continued "heart" thinking", that child will eventually become an astronaut. Nothing will stand between them and their dream. All obstacles, tests, and trials will be overcome because they hold on to the thoughts in their heart.
Their head may tell them how hard it is, that it is an impossible dream, that they should not aim so high. Their belly tells them they won't feel good doing all of that hard work, that they will miss out on a lot of fun if they try and be an astronaut. But, their heart, their faith stands secure. And, when it does, they move closer to their dream.
That Goes for Us All
It's no different for each of us. How many of us have had dreams crushed because head logic talked us out of reaching for those dreams? How many of us are making our companion miserable because our belly thoughts/feelings remind us of how badly we've been treated in past relationships?
But, how many of us have pressed past all of the thoughts of impossibility and bad feelings to continue moving toward our dreams. We call these success stories. People who have gone against the odds and accomplished goals others thought were impossible.
Could This Be The Purpose?
The scriptures tell us that we all have been given a measure of faith. Well, I believe that within that measure of faith are His desires for our destiny and, I believe He plants the thoughts for our destiny in each heart. Faith is designed to draw us back to God drops thoughts in our hearts at the same time that He gives us faith.
I believe that we are born with a measure of faith for multiple purposes. The first of which is to connect us back to God through the acknowledgment and acceptance of Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior.
The second of which is to guide us through the turmoil of this life and to equip us with the only tool that will keep us in this endless spiritual warfare and, the third is to walk out the dreams He has placed in our hearts.
Can you tell the difference between the thoughts in your head, heart, and belly? It is difficult to tell the difference between the three because we rarely make a conscious decision about who is talking. There are times when it seems that all three are screaming at one time.
The result - Indecision
Designed to Help Us
God designed 'sleep' to help our head brain sort things out. Sleep is the time of physical and mental activity that allows the head brain to file things away, to kick out stuff that doesn't make sense, and to organize itself for the next waking moments.
He designed beautiful and serene landscapes and joyful activities to settle our belly brains. There is a calming effect and a recognition of goodness in the grandeur of creation and in the love of happy times.
And, He designed time alone with Him to nurture our heart brain. To feed us with the knowledge and wisdom that only comes from God. To establish us in His righteousness and to deliver us from our own destruction. Time with God transforms us into whom He has called us to be.
Nothing is Impossible to Them Who Believe
Let us remember that we are a product of what our heart thoughts have made us to be. Faith will open doors to make room for you. If you don't like the person that you are, it may be that you don't know who you are in Christ. The victory is that you can go to the Word of God and become the person you were meant to be. Faith will open doors to make room for you.
It is ever so true - As a person thinks in their heart..., not their head or their belly, but in their heart... so are they!
Be Blessed - [Proverbs 23:7, Philippians 4:13