If you don’t like what you see, change the channel

March 27, 2017 | 15 comments

What channel are you watching today? G-O-D or E-V-I-L?

If you watch television, you make a choice about what channel you’re going to watch. If you want to watch football, you tune into a sports channel. If you want to watch the evening news, you choose a news channel. It’s your choice. You have 100% control over the remote that controls that TV. (Unless of course your partner has the remote…and well…that’s a different blog…). But for purposes of this blog, we’re going to speak from the premise that the remote is in your hand! If it isn’t, you can walk out of the room and do something else or watch a different TV…

But back to the main point…You control the content you watch on TV.

Human life is like a big TV screen airing all types of programming. Some is good, and some is nasty and ugly. We are never helpless in the face of any of it, though. We can make choices about what we watch and take in.

For instance, if a neighbor starts spilling out negativity, I don’t have to take it in. I can change mental channels and listen for the voice of Love within coming from God, rather than what the carnal mind is trying to shove into my thinking through this neighbor’s dialogue. Even if their words are hitting my eardrums in the form of sound waves, I still don’t have to take in the negativity. Matter never rules mind. Mind always makes the choices. I can reject the negativity and mentally fill with Love. It’s a choice I can make. And to side with Love has a much better effect on me, and on my neighbor, than siding with evil.

You can make healthy choices too. You possess God-given dominion to think with Truth and Love and to reject negativity and dis-eased ways of thinking. You can change channels from E-R-R-O-R to T-R-U-T-H.

When Jesus Christ instructed, “What I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” Mark 13:37, NKJV, he didn’t mean to watch evil, take it in and let it become a seeming reality to you. He meant to watch for the good, to watch for the coming of Christ, which annihilates evil. That’s how healing happens and the world becomes a better place.

Stay tuned to the G-O-D channel today! You’ll like what you see, and the effect will be so much better.

15 thoughts on “If you don’t like what you see, change the channel”

  1. This is such an important reminder. I have been working hard to stay focused on spiritual truth, as I have noticed that I have been increasingly anxious and agitated about what has been playing in the news. It has been a challenge to resist feeling fear and anger toward perceived injustices towards certain groups of people in our society. However, I am realizing that a watchful attitude does not need to include negativity. Love is the need of the day. As I have focused on that, I have returned to a more peaceful state of mind. I continue to work.

    1. Susan, Thank you for your comment. I know exactly what you’re saying, because I have felt the same way. When you said “I continue to work.” I was immediately reminded of the statement, “Nevertheless, she persisted.”

      All blessings to you. Keep up the good work.

  2. Evan, I LOVE this TV analogy and the reminder that we choose what we watch. If we don’t like what we are watching, we don’t proceed to watch it again and again, NO, we Change the channel. Simple, powerful.

  3. Appreciate this important reminder to watch what channels I am letting into my thought and how to replace erroneous ideas with what is true.
    Thank you!

  4. Love this post! Change the channel! Turn our thought away from focusing on the “record of dreams” (Ret 21) constituting our so-called human life to our spiritual, true history—our co-existence with our Father, our oneness with Him, our true spiritual identity. Thanks!

  5. I always think when we are in a situation where we find ourselves having to watch TV on occasions we can seize on the opportunity to practise “knowing the Truth”.

  6. “Mortal mind sees what it believes, as well as believes what it sees.”
    ~Mary Baker Eddy

    And all the while, in absolute fact, God is the all-knowing, all-seeing divine Mind of man and
    the universe, seeing and knowing His/Her Own ideas… all of them 100% Good.
    Mortal mind is suppositional, a false sense of Mind; non-existent, unreal.

    I like this channel of thought the best.

  7. Help. A grandson was in a car accident that crushed his brain, plus lots more. He was thought to be dead. He has made remarkable progress, but… He is on medication. His mind is difficult to function, to control. Suggestions about how to change the channels from anger to good? He wants to but can’t.

    1. Hi Joan, your message caught my heart! I don’t know that Evan saw this, since it was after the date of the post. You may want to email him [email protected] I think, it’s at “contact me” above.

      I will mention, seeing him as God’s perfect, untouched creation is essential. Correcting the imposing mortal picture in your own thought will help a lot.

      If he wants suggestions, ask him to think about what he’s grateful for. There is always something to be grateful for, even in the worst circumstances. By focusing on the good, it will help his focus shift. Even the simplest things – a cold glass of water, sunshine, a person helping him kindly, being able to do something he couldn’t a week ago. It’s not always easy when the negative picture seems to be screaming, but acknowledging good always has good results.

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