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Do Hard Things

100 billion. That’s a big number. As teenagers, we rarely think of a number that huge. Trust me, a million is a lot for my mind to grasp.  Thankfully, we have a God who loves big numbers.

One fact I learned recently is that we have 100 billion neurons in our brain and 100-1,000 trillion synapses.  While this might seem like some fancy fact you learned in science class, this statement is actually proof of why teenagers must do hard things.

The Creator’s Design
God has amazingly created your brain. Hands down, it is one of the most extraordinary and astounding things to learn about. It is even more mind-blowing that He’s shared this information with us!

The psalmist overflowed with praise for God’s design in Psalm 139:13, “For You formed my inward parts, You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

The psalmist understood that God made you fearfully and wonderfully—and that includes your brain.

When we are teenagers, our brain is developing into our adult brain more than at any other time in life. Our brain will always be changing but the teen years are the most formative! Everything we do makes a connection in our brain called synapses. Things we do all the time, like reading and writing, produce synapses that are really strong! Other connections, for tasks you don’t do that often, are weak.

God designed your brain to form all these billions and trillions of connections for a purpose—that you glorify God and love Him with all your mind (Matthew 22:37).

One of my favorite verses is Romans 12:2 which says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” And yet, I didn’t know how literal this is!