Today’s Scripture: But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 2¬†Peter¬†3:10

Our world moves so fast that it is easy to get swept away with the latest and greatest. For example, WikiBear is a brown plush toy that is capable of holding conversations with your child. It is programmed to know most words and for those words it does not know it connects to the internet. It can learn your child’s likes and dislikes and transform that information into ‘personal’ conversations. It connects to any smart device via an app. (USA Today).

If you have noticed anything about the toy advertisements for this year, it will not take you long to notice that everything is ‘techy’, has a touch screen, is some form of robot or has gone virtual. May I ask what happened to coloring books and crayons? Do simple stuffed animals no longer suffice? I am thankful for technology, but so many times we cannot wait to get our hands on the next best thing. It becomes all consuming.

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with presents or showing someone you love that they are special by finding them a nice gift. I do not believe in being a scrooge. However, we need to teach ourselves and our children that life is not about the next big thing the world has to offer.

We need to take the time to reflect and ask ourselves, how many of us are more concerned about our “toys” than we are about our relationship with the Lord? Even though we know all these material things will pass away, we are focused on what we can get out of life rather than looking at what we can and should be giving back to God. It is time to quit toying with our toys. Let’s get serious about what matters.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.