Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Downtown:
I bet you didn’t know that your brain was plastic.
Of course, it’s not MADE of plastic, it’s just that God designed our brains to be similar to plastic in that our brains are moldable, flexible and responsive to our experiences. Psychologists call this “neuro plasticity.” They’ve discovered that our brains constantly form new neural pathways in response to a physical injury, chemicals in the bloodstream and drug addiction. Our brain also physically rewires itself when it perceives a severe emotional trauma or undergoes constant stress. It works on the flip side too; prayer, meditation and other “mindfulness” activities result in physical changes to our brain that make it easier for us to pray the next time.
Just like athletes build muscle strength and endurance by regular exercise, we can literally train our brains to view events from a positive or negative starting point. Of course, God knows this, so that’s why Scripture is filled with instructions to monitor what we think about, what we focus on and what we ponder.
And God knows we have plenty of negative news that we could focus on. Truth be told, there’s ALWAYS a lot to be worried about. Just turn on any cable TV news channel and you’ll get enough “information” to make one stay anxious for days.
And, of course, there’s COVID. Given the recent resurgence of the Delta variant in our community, we’re surely tempted to sigh under our breath and say “oh boy, here we go again…”
In response to the increased number of infections, this weekend at Trinity Downtown we’re making some changes in our recommendations and seating arrangements designed to lower the chance we’ll inadvertently spread the infection further.