Mike Breaux tells the story of a guy from Nicholasville, Kentucky. The guy was brought into an emergency room after a car accident. As they were examining his injuries, the doctor noticed there were some weird markings around his neck.
So, the doctor asked him about it.
The guy said, “Well my wife and I were sitting on the front porch talking and drinking… We had just gotten one of those electric shock collars for our dog, the remote control kind. We’re trying to train him not to bark, not to leave the yard, and so on. We got to wondering how far it would reach, so I said, ‘I’ll put it on and drive down the street a way.'”
This was his plan. He had been talking and drinking. “I’ll put it on and drive down the street, and you take the control. When I honk the horn, you push the button. We’ll see how far it reaches.”
So he put it on, started down the street, and honked his horn. She pushed the button and boom, it just about knocked him unconscious. He was disoriented. He started swerving all over the road going down the hill. What she couldn’t see was that there was a car coming up the hill toward him.
The driver of that car started honking his horn, so she zapped him again causing him to swerve again… which caused the other driver to honk his horn again, causing his wife to zap him a third time. That’s how he ended up having a wreck and landing in the emergency room. Brilliant.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could have dog collars for people we want to control? We could just push a button and zap them when they did something we didn’t like.
The longer I live, the more convinced I am that the person who we truly have the most control over in our lives is… Are you ready for this? … ourselves.
The person you have the most control over is you.
When I’m in conflict with another person or they do something I don’t like my first reaction is to try to “fix them”. In reality, I should look inside myself first.
There’s a verse in the New Testament that I’ve been really trying to apply this year. It’s found in Romans 12:18
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Let’s learn to focus our energy on ourselves and live at peace with everyone… without the use of dog collars.
Mike’s story was shared by John Ortberg in a recent message.