So…do you recognize this? Any idea what it is? 1,000 points if you do!
Well, unless you were a sentient being in 1955 and an owner of the latest, greatest version of a Zenith television, you might not recognize a game changer when you are looking at it.
This, my fellow couch-potatoes, was the Zenith Flash-Matic. It was the very first TV remote control device. It used flashing lights to turn the TV on and off, change the volume and cycle between the channels…all three of them! Up until that moment, all TV viewers had to…brace yourself…GET UP off of their rear ends, WALK across the room, and TURN a knob (gasp) to adjust their TV sets.
But no more. Now you could aim your ray gun-shaped device at the idiot box and it would bow in submission. Next would come the Zenith Space Command which used ultrasonic waves to allow you to stay planted in your Barcolounger. And the rest…is technology history! Today, you can program your cell phone (or even your voice!) to control your appliances. But that moment…when they introduced the Flash-Matic…was a game changer. The dictionary defines “game changer” as a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way. Well, I think you’ll agree that the Flash-Matic fit the bill!
Now imagine if someone could help us deal with vexing matters far more important than our channel selection? Rejection, scarcity, fear, fatherlessness…these are common and sometimes crushing human experiences. But Jesus’ life and teaching changed the way we can face these issues as we will discover this Memorial Day weekend when we launch our new sermon series, “Game Changer.” I can’t wait to see you there. And please consider inviting a friend! This series could be a “game changer” in their lives!