A church like your brain

This week’s 5 Minute Friday prompt is ‘Connect’


Your mind is amazing, far more powerful than the most sophisticated computer ever constructed. Your brain can quickly and constantly adjust to the ever-changing environment around and within you by making new synaptic connections and pathways. These new connections enable new thought processes to occur and enhance how you can approach novel problems.

To maintain such connections the mental pathways need to be used so that the connection is strengthened, otherwise it will be broken down and discarded to maintain the lean, mean thinking machine of your mind.

God has designed the Church to work a bit like this too. Jesus told us to always remain connected to him, the true vine from whom we draw our life. Stemming from this life He gives we connect with others and build them up, gaining new strength ourselves from the interconnected relationships.

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (Ephesians 4:15-16 ESV)


(Five Minute Friday is when we use the prompt chosen by Lisa-Jo and write for 5 minutes without over thinking or editing. Then link up to Lisa-Jo’s post and leave a comment for the person who linked up before us. Easy, and fun!)

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6 thoughts on “A church like your brain

  1. I worry that many of my brain connections (esp. math) are disappearing…so I read A LOT and I try to learn something new each year even if it isn’t extensive I figure it is good for my brain…as a stay-at-home mom, I worry about my brain reducing since 2-4 yr. old conversations and play are not academically challenging…ahem, challenging in a diff. way. 🙂 I love what you said about the church! Yes, staying connected to Jesus is the greatest thing we can do for our brain!! Among many other awesome benefits and love we receive.


    • Hi Dionne,
      Yes, I wouldn’t want to push the “church like your brain” analogy too far, particularly given the propensity for our minds to deteriorate the older we get – that would be very bad news for the church!


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