By Jim Whitt
This is an excerpt from Chapter 6 of The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life:
When a young shepherd named David learns Israel is being threatened by Goliath he can’t understand why the battle-hardened soldiers of the Israeli army are wringing their hands and quaking in their boots. He reasoned that Goliath was a predator just like those he’d encountered as a herdsman. Here’s my paraphrase of his assessment of the situation: “When a lion attacked my flock, I killed it. When a bear attacked my flock, I killed it. I don’t see any reason why I can’t handle a giant.” Why was David so calm and confident?
God described David as “a man after my own heart.” The heart, in this context, would be defined as the seat of the intellect, will and emotions. This was a nearly universally held view in David’s time. Ancient Egyptians thought so little of the brain that they removed it before mummification. It was the heart they wanted to preserve.
Since David was a man after God’s own heart, he would have possessed the intellect, will and emotions of God. He would have thought like God thought, acted like God would act and felt like God felt. It never occurred to David that he couldn’t defeat Goliath. Why? He thought like God. Would God be worried about a lion, a bear, or a giant? Of course not, and neither would someone who possessed the same intellect, will and emotions. David’s superhuman knew it could rely on the supernatural abilities it possessed to do whatever his purpose required him to do.
Your animal (as in your animal body) thinks in tangible terms. It has to see it to believe it. If you can’t experience something with your five senses your animal doesn’t think it exists. On the other hand, your superhuman has the ability to see the intangible. Think of the tangible (natural) and intangible (supernatural) as two different planes that coexist. They are both real. Your animal only sees the tangible plane because that’s all its senses are designed to detect. Your superhuman, however, has the ability to see both planes. Since your superhuman is an extension of God, it thinks like God.
Since your superhuman thinks like God, it assumes it can do whatever is necessary to fulfill your purpose. Your superhuman sees supernatural solutions to natural problems. Your animal’s vision is limited to what you and I call reality.
If the Egyptians would have known how powerful the brain was they would have treated it with a little more respect. That computer sitting on top of your shoulders contains more than 100 billion brain cells that are connected and interconnected with 20,000 other cells. According to brain expert Tony Buzan, your brain is capable of generating more thought combinations than there are atoms in the universe.
Stay tuned for the next edition and I’ll give you some examples of what these billions of interconnected cells are capable of doing.
The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life contains exercises at the end of each chapter that will help you find your purpose in life and set you on the path of its fulfillment.