“Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2
Have you ever bought something totally unique, only to see the same thing everywhere after your purchase? There is a biological explanation for this phenomenon.
In the brain stem, there is a network of neurons that makes up the reticular activating system (RAS). One of the primary functions of the RAS is to serve as a filter so that we are not overwhelmed by all of the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations that constantly bombard us. The RAS filters out the stimuli that is unnecessary for functioning. When we notice that “unique” product, the RAS no longer filters it out of our consciousness. The filter is reset so that we are aware of what was around all along. We begin to see the product everywhere.
We can use this filtering system to our spiritual advantage. Each morning we can set our filters to see God at work all around us. When we start our days in the Scriptures and in prayer, we become aware of God’s activity in our lives, and are much more likely to see his activity in the remainder of the day.
This isn’t merely an illustration. In Psalm 5, David prays for deliverance from enemies, oppression and distraction. In verse 3 he says, “O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.” In the midst of difficulty and distraction, David begins his day seeking God, and spends the rest of the day watching for him. He sets his filter for awareness of God’s activity.
Let your biology serve your spirituality. Don’t let distractions hi-jack your mind when you awake. Be proactive in setting the agenda for your thoughts each day.