Sunday Sermon: Change the Channel

2 Dec

The direction of your focus is the direction your life will move. Let yourself move towards what is good, valuable, strong and true.
Ralph Marston
A sermon is a sermon. Whether you go to 9 o’clock Mass and listen to Father’s interpretation of the Gospel, or watch Joel Osteen preach on TV, the lessons are all the same. I happened to listen to both today. Basically, it’s all common sense. We have to thank The Lord for our blessings and not focus on the negative. (Easier said than done.)

Joel had an interesting analogy today. He said that our minds tend to focus and remember negative, painful thoughts more than positive ones. When we keep replaying that painful movie over and over again in our heads, we need to change the channel. We are in charge of the remote control. Put on a happier, more positive channel.
(If you want to hear for yourself…)

Sorry, Joel! Sometimes people stop and stare at car wrecks or disasters. Look at all the garbage reality shows and all the violence and sex on TV. Who is watching that stuff? Well, a lot of people, apparently. Everyone has their remote control handy. They could click on the Hallmark Channel if they wanted to, but they don’t.


My channel has been stuck on a dark station for quite a while, but occasionally, with the help of friends and family, I grab that old remote and find a happy place to land. One day, I hope to have my personal television station on a 24/7, spectacular, out of this world, happy all the time Hallmark Channel. But for now, I’ll just keep clicking and clicking and clicking, until I get there. Can I hear an “Amen?”


3 Responses to “Sunday Sermon: Change the Channel”

  1. jo December 2, 2013 at 4:10 am #


  2. agriffith1 December 2, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    Even in the clutch of sadness, it is helpful to find a positive insight. It can only be bittersweet until the passage of time occurs.

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