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The Brain Game

“The mind is a terrible thing to waste.” That slogan was coined in 1971 by Forest Long. He was an executive at an ad agency. The slogan launched in 1972 and helped raise more than $2.2 billion and helped more than 350,000 minority students graduate from college.

I have often said “Mind over matter.” Basically, use your willpower to overcome obstacles.

Our minds are powerful; and God created us that way.

I was taking a cup of hot water out of the microwave this morning and it caused me to remember something my mom had told me years ago. It was an experiment.

Participants were told water in a cup was scalding hot. The water was then “accidently” spilled onto their skin. The water in the cup was in fact cold water, not hot water. In some of the participants, because they believed the water was very hot, their skinned blistered.

That’s crazy, right? How could cold water blister the skin? Because our minds are powerful!

I think everyone has heard of the Placebo Effect.

“In clinical research, one of the most annoying problems— one may even call it a “side effect”—is that known as the placebo effect. In numerous trials of drugs for hypertension, anxiety, insomnia, or the like, it has been found that up to one-third of the test subjects achieve the same desirable effects with a physiologically inert substance as are achieved with the wondrous new miracle drugs of the research laboratory…I have seen many acutely disturbed, restless, anxious schizophrenics settle down, roll over, and go to sleep, and heroin addicts whose withdrawal symptoms ceased, following injections of distilled water.” - John Diamond MD Healing from Within

Our minds are much more powerful than we know and we are told to renew or repair our minds.

Romans 12:2 tells us “…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.” NKJV

We can be transformed by the renewing of our mind!

There are proven benefits to renewing our mind, of positive thinking. According to, positive thinking encourages stronger relationships. It can bring strength to the body. It creates soundness of mind and helps increase self-confidence.

There are several things you can do on a daily basis that will help produce positive thinking…“try writing down positive comments in a journal or on a calendar that celebrate things that were enjoyable or goals achieved on that day. Make an effort every day to participate in enjoyable things, whether it is chatting with an old friend, listening to favorite bands, reading favorite authors, or painting. Display photos, trophies, certificates, or any evidence of success as a visual reminder to be appreciative. Think of a peaceful place - whether real or imagined - and mentally visit this place when feeling uneasy. Practice visiting this place so often, that it becomes an automatic response when experiencing moments of stress.” (Source:

And this from Stanford Medicine: “People who believe doing physical work in a job counts as exercise live longer lives, independent of how much exercise they actually get. Likewise, telling people a milkshake they drank was 'indulgent' made them feel more full. Telling them a drink they were consuming had caffeine raised their blood pressure.”

We do not fully understand the power of the brain but it is mighty.

Have you ever heard “we only use 10% of our brains?” That is basically not true.

“Scientists have yet to find an area of the brain that doesn’t do anything.” (Source:

We have the power to feel better about ourselves and our circumstances.

I have written about this before, but the most important mind-set we can have is thankfulness and gratefulness. Start your day by thanking God. Fill your mind with gratitude. Be thankful!

Lance Armstrong once said, “I believe that the mind powers the body, and once the mind says we want to do it, then the body will follow.”

The power of the mind is amazing!

1 Peter 1:13 tells us to prepare our minds for action and to be sober-minded.

Set your mind for action today.

“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2 NKJV

Use your mind for positive thinking. Use your mind to praise and worship your Creator. Use your mind for good and positive thinking.

“…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8 ESV

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