Would You Like To Fly?
A couple of years ago I had a conversation with a brother in Christ about the capacity of the mind. In that discussion he asked me if I thought there were any limitations to the capacity of our minds. You see, he is a trivia wizard. He can quote statistics on football, baseball, presidents, and various other topics that would astound you. His mind is full of, what we joke with him as, "useless information."
Can I discuss math with you? I am going to anyway, but not very deeply. When we are talking about infinite numbers there are no bounds to them. So, if you ask what a fifth of an infinite number is it is…infinite. But if there is a boundary to that number (no matter how big) then a fifth of that number is an actual number that will identify the part. Is that understandable? A fifth of 100 is 20. A fifth of infinity is infinity.
So, when we are talking about the mind’s capacity it used to be thought that there is no limit to the capacity. Thus it was infinite. Current science has determined there is a possibility of a limit to the mind’s capabilities. If this is true, then the mind has a capacity of X, and not infinity.
With this in mind (pun intended) if we waste part of our mind's capacity on things which are not important to life isn't this wasting part of God's gift to us? It used to be thought that if we spent part of our minds on a thing which was not important it was part of an infinite supply and, therefore, we were not wasting anything. Why? Because when you subtract something from an infinite supply what is left? An infinite supply. But, on the other hand, if there is a quantity that is defined and you waste part of it then the part that is left is smaller.
To be very honest, I believe the writers of the Bible knew this. There are numerous places where they tell us to "think on these things." Why would they say this if it were not important? In fact, the Bible says that our spiritual warfare is all about the mind, and philosophies, that raise themselves up against the knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-6).
I do not mean to put you in a position where you are down on yourself about the way you think. I want to offer you encouragement. You see the Bible says we can renovate our mind's thought patterns by breaking down the old way it thought and giving it new ways to think. How? Romans 12:1-2 says our minds go through a change when we read and memorize the word of God just like a butterfly changes from a worm-like creature to a beautiful thing that flies above the cares of this world.
Would you like to fly? Spend more time in the Word.