Life should come with a remote control. Think about how this would be so wonderful. And yet, so horrifying.
Take an imaginary journey with me. Your strolling along in life and things are going smoothly. But then, bam. You blow it by saying something stupid, by rolling your eyes and your wife catches you, you give in to a temptation and immediately regret it, or any number of dumb things.
Or those times you know your being pushed to the limit and are about to explode on your coworkers, your boss, your kids.
Push the rewind button and have a do over. And keep pushing until you get it right. Who wouldn’t want a do-over on some things.
Push the mute button and stop yourself before say those words you know you’ll regret.
Or this one. Life is too busy? Too frantic and maddening? How about a simple pause. Or maybe use the home button just so you can get back to your safe place and start the process from the beginning.
The big one is the source or input buttons in our lives. Too often we listen to society, to media, to worldly philosophies … and they distort our mind, corrupt our way of thinking and influence our deepest values. And what ‘source’ we should be going to is the Word of Gods and the God of the Word.
Now, let me flip this to the horrifying part. What if someone else, a someone who didn’t have your best interest in mind, had the remote control to your life. They could mute you, pause you, even turn off your power. All with the push of a button. We need to be really careful who we let into our lives with that kind of influence.
It is said … bad company corrupts good morals. You become like those you let into your life.
But it is also said … the wounds of a friend can be trusted. I need my closest friends to help me mute or pause or change channels.
We may not have a remote control to help us through life, but we do have more control than we acknowledge or even use at times. Maybe if we practiced better self discipline, a remote control wouldn’t be needed.
And if we all did that, wouldn’t life be a little better.