Need a remote? Do you think by having this devise you can control your life? It may be natural to think so, for if you can control your mind you may be able to solve your problems. But is that possible?
In thinking about oneself it’s usually a battle with the mind. You may try controlling your thoughts like using a TV remote. What to think – monitoring what’s good or bad. But, “Use commonsense” you say, “for I’ll have a perfect plan.” By encouraging good thoughts – those enlightening to the mind, body, and spirit, you’ll be able to solve your problems. These must be the ones you must feed and nurture. By starving thoughts that are negative you’re discouraging unwanted feelings. So do breathing exercises, meditate, and pray for have control. Do these techniques work? Yes, to some extent. Some negative thoughts you may capture, and banish from your mind, but emotional ones linger.
Controlling the Emotions
Psychologists warn us about the dire consequences of feeding our mind with negative thoughts. When they come to your mind do something about them. Try distracting yourself by going for a walk, or playing music, which will surely change your thinking. If negative emotions persist do not dwell on them, but pray to let them go. Call on the Lord, and quote Scriptures to refresh yourself. And watch a change in attitude come over you.
A dreamer may dream about the future. It’s estimated that 20 percent of the population are lucid dreamers. Another 50 percent occasionally remember some of their dreams. These are dreams while we are asleep, but we’re all dreamers while awake and active. Dreaming is like clicking on the remote to be transported to an imaginary place. The only thing is this action doesn’t actually give you a movie-like experience.
Rewinding Our Life
Like a movie, we can’t rewind our life. Listen to what Frank Matobo from Africa University, Zimbabwe said, “Time waits for no man. A second of doubt means you are a second behind. So make a choice, use it wisely or lose it forever. There is simply no rewind.” This is why believers must have faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ. They must embrace life, believe in good things, and accentuate the positive. Christians must never doubt, but accept what’s holy, true, just, and honest. These attributes comes with perseverance, and studying the Word. There’s a Facebook community where people want to rewind their lives. They can only speculate about those things they wish to change, haven’t done, and if they had a chance to do it over again, what they are willing to do differently.
Like with the rewind feature individuals can use their minds to recall past events. They can linger on their experiences, errors and faulty thinking, but with the fast-forward button they can only use their imagination to dream. We are incapable and limited, for we can’t fast-forward our minds through problems. To do so we’ll have to be able to know what the future brings. With a movie you can speed forward and know because all scenes are already prerecorded. You can watch the end, or middle before the beginning. In real life you can only imagine this feature. That’s why Christians can focus on eternal life, because they have discerned, pictured, and are reassured by biblical promises their commitment in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is sound. Indeed this is through faith because they have been exposed to the totality of God’s Word.
Pause & Mute
In life some critics argue that there’s never pause and mute buttons through which we have control. From birth the play button propels us on our trajectory. It’s for us to steer our ship, and do our best to avoid shipwrecks. Let us reflect on what author Sonya Parker wrote, “Life doesn’t come with a rewind, FAST -FORWARD or PAUSE BUTTON. Once it starts it PLAYS until it ends or until you press STOP.”
It’ll be interesting if we can view the pause and mute buttons as times for reflection, and prayer. Being caught up in a hectic schedule sometimes it’ll be best to withdraw to a quiet place, close our eyes and give thanks to Almighty God. Our prayer may very well be on pause when we fail to utter words and are one with all creation. It’s suicide or murder if you hit the stop button. Never do this, but let life end naturally, and you’ll be blessed.