When Bad Memories Haunt You


What if during an MRI, doctors could not only see the tissues of the brain, but also see inside each groove? And what if each groove highlighted the thoughts contained within?

Habits and thoughts literally grind ruts in the brain similar to the ridges in vinyl records. The more something is repeated, the deeper the channel. Bad thoughts and habits create valleys, the walls of which are steep and difficult to climb. Good thoughts and memories bring pleasant furrows, providing a place of nurturing and growth.

Bad ruts and memories sometimes take us down dark pathways. Fortunately the brain is malleable, and we can reroute those thought patterns replacing them with God’s truth. I love the Message version of 2 Corinthians 10:5, “We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.”

And Paul reminds us to think on the things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, anything excellent or praiseworthy. Regardless of how I feel, I want my grooves to light up with God’s love.

Even if the way is long, hard, and dark, we can form living, vibrant, healthy channels with God’s wonderful truth. We may have groovy brains, travel rut-filled roads, but we have a God who promises to lead us on a straight path—the highway straight to His eternal love.


Heavenly Father help me to get out of the negative ruts by keeping my thoughts positively highlighted with Your loving truth.


Guest post by Lisa Buffaloe

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