Whoopee cushion. Party poppers. Magic tricks.
It was all found at Party Center.
When I was growing up, the Party Center was located in our hometown’s major shopping center. Whenever we visited this shopping center, I always insisted my parents take me to this store. It was eye candy and I could spend hours perusing the various items. However, I was always drawn to one item: Morning Breeze. It was an interesting concoction that was bottled in a small elegant bottle mimicking an expensive perfume. However, upon opening it, it smelled like rotten eggs. I was strangely delighted by this and would save my allowance to purchase a bottle whenever I was able, pranking unsuspecting adults.
I no longer have any of the items that I purchased nor do I know what happened to them. OF course, all of these items can still be found online or in similar novelty stores. Thankfully, I do not have the same eagerness to purchase these worthless things. Yet, have I replaced them with other items? I do not purchase bottles of Morning Breeze but I am a sucker to make impulse purchases when I watch an infomercial for the latest new fangled cooking utensil or a pillow that is guaranteed to induce a restful sleep.
Give me an eagerness for your laws rather than a love for money! Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.
Psalms 119:36-37 (NLT)
God intended this Bible verse to instruct me. The passage of time has not really changed me. I still am vulnerable to trivial distractions. Likewise, in my spiritual life, I still fall victim to things that take my eyes off of God and rob me of the abundant life that God intends for me. Praise God for His grace and mercy to me. He is faithful to me even when I am not.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.