Recently, Eugene Polley died at the age of 96. Although most of us have never heard his name, he not only invented something we use every day, but he earned the vote for man of the millennium in 1999. What made Polley so special? He created the television remote control in 1955.

At the time of its origin, the invention was called the Flash-Matic and was referred to as a harmless ray gun. The Washington Post claimed that the remote control “revolutionized American leisure–forever.”

Surprisingly, late in his life, Polley expressed some regret about his invention when he stated, “Everything these days has to be done remotely or forget it; nobody wants to get up and do anything.” He went on to label the laziness of the generation calling it fat and flabby.

Too often, this epitomizes our outlook on church; we just want to sit and watch as others serve, give, evangelize, and worship, but the Bible tells us differently. The Psalmist said we should, “Shout to the Lord. Worship Him with gladness; and come before him with joyful songs that the Lord is God, for it is He who made us and we are His.”

So while we may not have to get up to change the channel these days, I challenge us to take our lives off pause and mute. Let’s get up and get involved in what God is calling us to do. Put the effort into real worship; pray about what God wants YOU to do in the church and in your community for His glory.

Have a Blessed Day!

John Mark Caton Ph.D