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Topic: Think (09/02/10)
By Dolores Stohler
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While I’m really quite small, 30 billion neurons are included in my makeup. You think I’m boastful? No way! Honestly, is there any plant, animal or object on planet earth as complex as I? Computers don’t even come close. God knew what he was doing when he created me for he modeled me after himself. The Bible says so. I’m sure I’m just about the most amazing thing in the universe. I must be, for scientists continue to study and learn about me all the time.
Let me give you an example: even when I’m asleep I’m processing information that I’ve picked up when I’m awake. I use it in the most creative ways imaginable, putting together scraps of this and that to come up with some of the most unusual combinations. And I can solve problems when I’m sleeping as well. There may be an occasional nightmare, but that’s all part of the fun as far as I am concerned.
In my waking hours, I control the movements of my hands upon the piano keys, my legs as they run to catch a train and my mouth as it puts together words from the thousands imbedded in my cells. A mere brain you say? Well, of course I’m a brain, but a living, breathing entity as well. As a matter of fact, I’m the one who controls your breathing, using my sensors to inform me that carbon dioxide is rising in your blood stream. Then I send you oxygen to help you breathe better. This part of me is located at the bottom of my stem, near the spinal cord. And 20% of that oxygen you breathe belongs to me. I’m worth it, after all.
I ‘m the only part of your body that doesn’t feel pain. How cool is that? The pain you feel in other parts of your body is really a signal from me to warn you that something is wrong. Then you can deal with it and fix the problem.
And I have a photographic memory like you wouldn’t believe. Just try me. Want to recall a poem you learned in childhood? Chances are you can recite it word for word, or remember a scene from your childhood. But the reason you don’t remember everything you hear and see is because there’s a section of me, a frontal lobe, that is highly selective. You may think yourself able to concentrate on more than one thing at a time but in reality you’re only focused on one. You send a message to me to identify it and I help you blot out all the unwanted noises and other distractions so you don’t miss what is really important to you. I can be programmed to do whatever you want, such as wake you up at the same time each morning without using an alarm clock.
And so (cough) now that I have you all puffed up with pride, I’ll have to deflate you a little. This great intelligence we all possess has its downside. With proper guidance and vision, it can be directed to produce great good in the world. Or it could be produce great evil.
There is an intelligence far greater than ours, THE ONE WHO created us little gray balls of gelatinous matter (sounds gross now, doesn’t it). The neurons contained in HIS mind are so numerous they cannot be counted. So if we submit our will to Him, He will give us a marvelous gift called WISDOM. Not all of us have it, it’s a very special gift. But, once we are endowed with wisdom, there’s no telling what marvelous things, even miracles, we might be able to perform. And here‘s the best part -- it‘s yours for the asking. Just ask and you will receive. Awesome, isn’t it?
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