I play and work with toys all day long. I ride scooters, ez-rollers, build towers and castles with magna-tiles (a form of lego’s). I also get to try different hand puppets and throw darts across the room as well as show how some of the toys work. I am an official Toy Genius (a professor of toys in my scientific suit).
When a child comes into the toy store, their eyes get giant size. It looks like they hit the prize of a thousand candy pieces. Sometimes they just stand there in awe. Other times they scream with excitement. They are so thrilled to be there; touching, feeling and seeing all the toys at once. They are filled with laughter, joy, and amazement.
Then, their whole little life changes when they hear the voice of their parent say, “Time to go!”
First comes the defiant tiny voice that announces back to their parent with a resounding, “No, I’m not going.” Then the tears start. And of course, the tantrum begins followed by screaming, kicking the feet, and sometimes, hitting or biting their own parent.
The best response I have heard when a child left the toy store was this….
“See mom, I’m not crying as we’re leaving.”
In some countries, pre-teens and teens are getting ipods, ipads, xbox’s, playstations, etc… We have become a materialistic world that offers nothing but money buying products to satisfy our hearts, hopes, and desires.
I bet as a teen, you have also experienced the highs and lows of wanting these kinds of things. There is nothing wrong with wanting something. It can bring great joy at times.
However, you need to think more as to what will bring an eternal joy.
In the end, those material things are only temporary. They break down or the time of excitement has worn off. And you also become too old for it. None of these things last. And none of this gives you a permanent heavenly happiness. So, you are right back where you began, begging for the newest product that is out to bring the joy back.
Think of it this way. You can’t take ANY of it with you to heaven. It will fade away with everything else in the world.
The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. I John 2:17
And all that is left will be YOU!
So, here are some questions you need to ask.
Where will my happiness be when all has faded away?
Where have I truly put all my joy, peace, and hope in?
Can I trust the Lord to give me the eternal joy and happiness I desire?
Don’t be like a child who throws tantrums to only receive a temporary thing. Put your desires before the Lord and He will bless you with an eternal joy that lasts forever.
Think of it in this way. There are thousands of teens around this world who live in really severe situations in which they barely have a home, clothes to wear, food to eat and shoes on their feet. In some countries, all they have is a ripped page from the Bible, the Word of God that has sustained them in the worst of circumstances.
They hold onto that torn page of scriptures as if their life depended on it, crinkled and worn. It is the only thing that quenches their spiritual thirst and put a smile on their face holding God’s words next to their heart.
Can you too, have that same attitude when you have so much more – a home, clothes, food, family? In many ways they are way more blessed than us. They feed off of God’s Word, live by that Word and put their hope in that Word. Can we do the same?
May you gain wisdom from these few scriptures below.
Matthew 6:19 “Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.
Colossians 3:2 Keep your mind on things above, not on worldly things.
‘Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.
~ C.S. Lewis ~