The Remote Control. What do you call it at your house? The RC, the Controller, the Remote, the Clicker? Or maybe the Channel Changer? We don’t have to agree on what to call it, but we would all agree that it’s good to be the one who has it! At our house, when the hubby has it, the TV channel is usually on Sy-Fy or the news. When I have it, it’s usually on HGTV or a marathon of Hallmark chick flicks or Say Yes to the Dress. Truth be told if either one of us has it we, spend more time “clicking” than actually watching… trying, hoping to settle on something decent that we haven’t already seen re-run a couple of hundred times!
I try to be the girl that Philippians 2 tells me to be. You know, doing nothing out of selfish ambition but esteeming others higher than myself. And so I will, on occasion, when the Spirit moves, let my man have the clicker. I release control (and my grip) and hand it over to him (and he most always takes it). Sometimes that is hard to do, because after all it is best to be the one holding it. Am I right or am I right? To have control of the clicker is to be… well… in control! I act all sweet and kind and selfless when I hand it over to him. But on the inside I soooo wish we were watching House Hunters instead of whatever he picked!
Lately I find myself battling for the clicker in my spiritual life, also. You know what I’m talking about, right? The “s” word… surrender. Giving God control of the Clicker of my life! For me the big stuff is easy. Saying “Here is my life God, do what you please” is different, and for some strange reason it’s easier than saying “Here is my day God, do what you please”. It’s not that I don’t want to give God my life on a grand scale and also in the day to day. I really, really do. As a matter of fact, when I retired 9 months ago and my daily schedule became a little less structured (although oddly still very busy!)I started specifically praying at the start of my day something like this:
“God, I have made plans for my day to the best of my ability. But you know every person and circumstance that will come across my path. I agree to let you highjack my agenda for whatever you see fit today. AMEN.”
Now if that isn’t Philippians 2 in action then tell me what is! That prayer is the epitome of humility and selflessness, is it not??!! And I totally mean it. And I totally keep my promise to God. For about an hour. Sometimes longer, but that’s usually on days I don’t leave the house (wink, wink). It sure doesn’t take very long into my day before I have become so distracted that I miss out on what God wants me to see or who he wants me to minister to. Or even worse, I am fully aware of those opportunities but they are such a huge inconvenience to my schedule or to my comfort that I simply don’t WANT to comply with Gods plan. And I take the clicker back.
This is what I know- I am a work in progress. And as long as I am on this earth I will continue to be. But I really want to get this one right, don’t you? After all, every one of our days add up to the totality of our life. So this is important. I cannot just have good intentions about this… I need to be very intentional. And I bet you do too. So when I say my morning prayer of surrender, I think I will add “and help me to really do it, Lord” BEFORE I say amen!
To be super spiritual, when one gets off track, one sometimes needs a country song to bring one back around. So when you find yourself taking back the clicker of your life, may I suggest singing the following lyrics from the Carrie Underwood song “Jesus Take the Wheel” (just change the word “wheel” to “clicker” )
Jesus, take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can’t do this on my own
I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
To save me from this road I’m on
Jesus, take the wheel
C’mon y’all, sing along and pass Jesus the clicker!