The Human Mind part 3 - Reading helps to control our knowledge

Allow me to introduce you to two laws that govern your life and thought process. John Ortberg mentions these in his book ‘If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat’. The first is the law of cognition. This law basically states that you are what you think. For example, whether we are filled with confidence or fear depends on what thoughts continually occupy our minds. The second is the law of exposure. Your mind will ultimately think about what it is most exposed to. In previous weeks I’ve somewhat touched on these laws by discussing the importance of what we read, watch, think and continually listen to. This letter is to serve as a reminder that we can and should control what goes into our minds. More and more psychologists, social scientists, behavioral scientists and the likes are confirming the importance of our state of mind in our well being, and hence it is so important to make sure that we are controlling what we allow to enter our minds.

“If you don't control your mind, someone else will.” John Allston

How we expose ourselves to correct and useful knowledge is so important because we can only do what we think we know. That’s why it’s essential to put a big emphasis on our reading habits. Motivational books, personal management books, the Bible, biographies and books in your chosen field or business are a good place to start. Why? Because we are not fashioned by chance we are fashioned by choice.The things you read will fashion you by slowly conditioning your mind."  A.W. Tozer Be specific about the targets you’re aiming at. Richard J. Machhowicz (a former Navy Seal) discusses three dynamic elements of combat and tells us that the target we aim for in life dictates our weapons and our weapons dictate our movements. So if you want to be an aeronautical engineer (this is the target), one of your weapons might be the books you read, and your movement would be the time you schedule and spend daily reading on this subject. It’s simply not enough to wish to be an aeronautical engineer. And there is no point reading books on cookery to make yourself knowledgeable in the aeronautical field. Even God said of the children of Israel“my people perish because of lack of knowledge” Hosea 4:6. I’m sure they didn’t want to perish, but no one but themselves could force them to receive or reject knowledge.

So for us to be effectual, we must go after and be specific about the knowledge we expose ourselves to. A good reading program is an excellent place to begin. Joseph Addison said it well. “ Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body”. So true!

God bless and protect

Quote of the week:
“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.”Walt Disney


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