“Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?” Mark 8:18
The story is told of a man who once bought a new radio, brought it home, and placed it on the refrigerator. He then plugged it in, turned it to WSM in Nashville, and proceeded to do the most unusual thing. He pulled all the knobs off! He had already tuned in to all he ever wanted or expected to hear, and so he chose to limit his radio reception to one station.
“Most unusual,” we call it. But is it? Really? Many, if not most of us, if we will be honest, do the same thing in principle. Maybe not with our radio but we surely do with our life.
We all have what the communicators call selective exposure, selective attention, selective comprehension, selective distortion, and selective retention. That is, people expose themselves only to messages they want to receive; hear only what they want to hear; see things the way they want to see them; twist and distort messages to match their preconceived perception of reality; and they remember only what they want to remember. Everything else is filtered or blocked out.
I know people who reject God because, they don’t want to change their lifestyle and be accountable. If we don’t live the life we believe and know in our heart to be right, we will end up justifying and believing the life we live—a very dangerous, self-deceptive, and self-destructive path to follow.
If your life flashed before your eyes at this very moment, what would you see? Is it the life the Lord has called you to? Or is it the life you have called yourself to?
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2
~something to think about~