By Ada Brownell
In a classic Far Side cartoon, a student with a small head puts up a hand in a classroom and says, "Mr. Osborne, may I be excused? My brain is full."
Despite what the cartoon implies, the human brain has almost limitless capacity. Our heads contain about one billion neurons, according to Paul Reber, professor of psychology at Northwestern University. Each neuron forms about 1,000 connections to other neurons, amounting to more than a trillion connections. Neurons combine so each one exponentially increases the brain’s memory to about 2.5 petabytes (or a million gigabytes).
Reber estimates if your brain worked like a television video recorder, 2.5 petabytes would hold three million hours of shows. To play all, you'd have to leave the TV running 300 years.
What are you doing with your brain's capacity?
We decide to take what we were born with and grow it into something greater. It's like making deposits into your mind to spend later.
The most important information we can deposit is God's Word. It tells us everything we need about abundant life and living forever. Paul wrote to Timothy, "The holy scriptures are able to make you wise for salvation through Christ Jesus. All scripture is God-breathed" (2 Timothy 3:15-16).
The Apostle also wrote under God's anointing about the last days before Jesus returns to catch the church, saying "In the last days perilous times will come; for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy...without self control...always learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." He adds, "And they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables" (Excerpted from 2 Timothy 3:1-3,7 and 4:4).
He concludes with his testimony, apparently knowing he would be martyred: "I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. Finally there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not to me only but to all who loved his appearing: (2 Timothy 4:7-8).
What did your favorite book deposit in your brain for recall?
What have you read recently in the Bible that inspired you?
If you’d like to learn more about making healthy deposits into your brain you can spend later, read Ada Brownell’s book, Imagine the Future You. Available as a paperback or e-book