I get so excited when I hear that a new scientific discovery supports and confirms what the Bible has been saying all along. I’m not surprised when this happens, but energized by the confirmation that God’s word is Truth!
A newer field of study, called interpersonal neurobiology, is looking at the human brain to examine how it is wired be in relationships. From the Bible, I know that God created us to be in relationship first with him in Genesis 1. Then God decided that it wasn’t good for man to be alone, so he created the first marriage.
Christian Counseling Today 1 recently printed a fascinating article about new discoveries in interpersonal neurobiology. Neuroscientists have uncovered the truth that the brain is influenced by behavior such as meditation, prayer, silence, etc. In Romans 12:2, Paul encourages believers to resist conforming to this world, to be transformed by the renewing of the mind. Now, science has shown that the mind is changed or renewed by these spiritual disciplines. Scientists have found the brain is literally rewired and becomes like new!
My favorite scientific discovery is that relationships impact the brain positively. The telling of our life story and experiences produces a calming effect like that which is found from anti-anxiety medications. Have you ever wondered why you feel so much better about something when you take the time to talk about it? We are wired to feel better when we talk with God and when we talk with others. God created us to be in relationships!
Celebrate the gift of the relationships God has placed in your life today! If you’re feeling lonely, TALK to God! He wants to be in relationship with you. He wants to hear from you. He has created you to feel less anxious when you talk to him.
These discoveries encourage me to take heart. God is transforming my mind as I reflect on his Word, meditate, and spend time in prayer. God also created me to be in relationships. I want to take time to listen to others as they tell their story. I know by asking questions and taking time to listen, I help others to be calm and less anxious. What a gift!
Do not conform to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—
his good, pleasing and perfect will.
How will you make time for conversations this week, telling and listening to another’s story?
By Heather Larson
Wife to Peter, Mom of 3
1 Corinthians 13 Team Member, BridgeWell Coaching, Associate Director of 10 Great Dates
1. Gary Sibcy, Tim Clinton, and Ron Hawkins, “Interpersonal Neurobiology New Horizons for Christian Counseling,” Christian Counseling Today, Vol. 20. No. 3, 2013, 14-20.