Today I was in a Fred Pryor Dynamic Reading seminar. It was about learning to read and comprehend faster. This seminar was great and really did work. In just the first lesson and the first few points that the speaker Jonathan Williams made, my Reading speed doubled. But I am not writing this blog to talk about that, actually I am writing about something that the presenter said. He was making a point about the speed that our mind works at and how much we concentrate. As he went on one thing that he said caught my attention, it was something that I have never heard of but once I did I instantly had the urge to write it down.
Reticular Activating System (RAS): The reticular activating system also helps mediate transitions from relaxed wakefulness to periods of high attention.
Let e give you the example the instructor gave. Have you ever bought a car and right after you bought it you started seeing that same make of car everywhere? Did that car maker all of a sudden start making more cars the day that you bought yours? or is it that now you have an awareness and a focus on that type of Vehicle now?
Your RAS did what God created it to do and kicked in giving you a higher attention to what you was focusing on. The moment that I heard this I seen how God uses this for His glory and to give us a better life. If you continue to always focus on the bad you will always see the bad, if you never see the good, the silver lining in any situation that you face you will always see just the bad. However, if you spend your time focusing on the good it is just like the RAS kicking in. If you can find just enough strength to find the good in the bad you will start to see the good in all your situations, God will be seen in every situation no matter what it is or how bad it may seem, Your mind will start to be renewed and restored, your day will be brighten even when things are not just right.
God said in His word "draw close to me and I will draw close to you" James 4:8
We will never see God or be able to draw to Him if you can never find the good in a situation.
Think on these things and be honest with yourself. Are you a person who is optimistic? Do you see God in your situations? Good or bad?
Brandon Grant NTM