Who’s pushing your buttons?
Who’s pushing your buttons?:
“when I was a child I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish things aside.” 1 Cor 13:11 ESV
I remember a time when the telephone was rotary dialed and not buttons. You had to turn it in a circular fashion, and it was always possible that you turned the #4, when you really wanted to dial the number #3. Things soon changed with technology though when they came out with the push button phone. It was no longer mounted to the wall; it had a long cord which connected to the base of the wall. All you had to do was push the button that you wanted to dial. But there could be a problem if you had big fingers, and you inadvertently hit the wrong button because of the size of your hand. It could cause you to dial the wrong person.
A way you couldn’t go wrong then would be to pick up the phone and dial 0, an operator would then pick up and dial the number for you. What happened to that type of service now, it seems like every button is on us to push. Change is hard especially when every person has been programmed a certain way growing up by parents, siblings, and friends. Most of us are ‘products of our environments’, and struggle when things don’t seem to go our way. We complain because we want change to come. Some are complaining that there’s too much rain, while the farmer in another country is asking God for rain to water his crops ravaged by drought. Some are grumbling about their jobs, where others are fasting and praying believing they will get a call about a new career opportunity. You can always change situations, but YOU CAN ALWAYS CHANGE YOU!
What do I have to do you ask?
1) Change your mindset-“when I was a child I spoke as a child.” Watch the words which come out of your mouth (Prov 18:21) because they have power.
2) Change the finger pointing- “I reasoned like a child.” Many of us are always accustomed to placing the blame on others. We create a lot of our own problems because of how we addressed the issue. “Look at what he’s doing, look at what he got away with.” That thinking is self defeating, and gives the control to others. You control your own destiny, and if God be for you, who can be against you (Rom 8:31).
3) Change the buttons that you push-“when I became a man, I put childish things aside.” Try pushing another button if you don’t like what you got with the last button you hit! Look at your relationships, your friendships, and your physical body’s. If you don’t like what you see, push another button. Are you waiting for something to change without pressing another button, you are kidding yourself! Ask God for wisdom and clarity (James 1:5) so you can see things clear; and now that you see it, you can achieve it.
It’s time to take control. It’s a new season, so let’s see a new you! Think about it.
Pastor Kirkland A. Smith
Sr. Pastor Grace Bible Fellowship of Antioch