Ever feel like something’s controlling you? Like your decisions are influenced by something else like a secret agent platypus hiding under a table? Okay, I’m serious here. Someone’s actually thought about this. Check out this awesome Phineas and Ferb segment
That’s how it feels like. Like there’s a platypus controlling you. Like it’s all just propaganda (or if your teacher’s a panda…if you don’t get that joke that means you went straight here and didn’t watch the video above. Go back. Watch it. I’ll wait…). There always seems like there’s something controlling us. We’re influenced by something. But it’s not a platypus underneath the table with a remote control device.
What’s controlling you?
It’s your past. Hey…whaaaat?
Yep. Your past. It’s your past mistakes, your past experiences, your past hurts and pains. All these things influence how you think, how you act, how you react to situations, and how you make decisions in the present. And it usually stems from your family of origin. I know for me my family of origin has influenced greatly how I act, react, and make decisions (so has years of therapy to deal with my family of origin…and to my family who reads this blog…which might be my only readers…I love you). Regardless of what your past is and who your family is, you’re being controlled by it if you let it.
The dude with the records on his hands is Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. His goal is to rule the tri-state area (he’s starting small on the road to world domination). He has many back stories that influence his evil schemes. Each one traumatic and usually dealing with problems with his mom and dad (of which neither showed up for his birth of all things). And so his decisions and schemes are based upon his past.
That’s the thing, we don’t realize we’re letting it control me like a platypus under a table. We don’t think it’s controlling us but it is. It influences who we are and what we do. And that isn’t always good (not saying it’s always bad, but it usually ain’t all too good either).
But that’s not how we’re supposed be. It’s not how we’re supposed to act. You’re past is gone. You’re past has no control over you any more.
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Do want it to stop–the past controlling you? Do you desire to have a new way of thinking, a new way of reacting, a new way of understanding the world around you? Come to Jesus. Seek Jesus. Know Jesus. Sounds a bit trite, superficial, and prescriptive. Yeah, it is. But it’s true.
Jesus tells his disciples a new way of viewing the world
“Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13-14
“You have heard that it was said ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Matthew 5:38-39
“I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:43
“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.” Luke 12:22-23
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Luke 16:13
In other words: There’s no platypus controlling you. You’re free. You’re past is in the past (wait, that’s from Frozen, wrong Disney thingy). But yet we still let it control us. We still let it rule us. Why is that? Why do we do that?
Because we struggle. We want to better ourselves. And there’s no better way to better yourself than to follow Jesus, his example, know his love and acceptance. Yet even when we do that, we’re still controlled by the past. Part of the issue is that we need to make that conscious decision to step forward in faith in following Jesus. We need to make a conscious decision to live each day following Jesus. We need to live each day saying that our old self, our past, is dead, and we are raised to life in Jesus. And we need to live this each day.
It’s a daily choice. A hard daily choice.
Will the past control you or are you willing to give the past into the hands of Jesus and follow him? Are you willing to let it die and rise again in Jesus each day? There’s no platypus controlling you.