We are told that we are transformed by the renewing of our minds. The thoughts we have (either positive or negative, life affirming or morbid) will define the essence of who we are and the direction our lives will follow. Neuroplasticity is confirming what the Bible said 2000 years ago - our brains will work hard to realize our dominant thoughts – good or bad.
The word 'repent' essentially means - change the way you think. This is what CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is about - changing the way we think. Being grateful and optimistic and hopeful are good habits to adopt.
In addition, we need to give ourselves ‘permission to become and to be on the road to becoming’ by disagreeing with unhelpful labels we (or others) have put on us and find agreement in the truth of who we really are - potentially powerful people made in the image of God. When we think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, positive, lovely and honourable, that is what we will become. Our thoughts - about ourselves, our environment, other people and the future - really matter because they can impact us and our circumstances greatly.
Dr S. Lopez, a scientist at Gallup who is studying the science of it, defines hope as “the belief that the future will be better than the present, along with the belief that you have the power to make it so”.
His findings indicate that ‘hope’ is good for your well-being and your chances of success. You can choose to hope, you can learn to hope and even share hope with others.
Don’t lose hope! You need it for the success of your future.