The fate of most small, plastic toys in this house is the same: first the junk drawer then the trash
can. The life cycle tends to run about a week, although McDonald’s toys last about 10 minutes,
and Nerf bullets last about two weeks. Legos are the exception, of course.
Long live the Lego! Melissa and Doug (whomever they may be) realized that we all long for more durable delights and made a fortune creating old school wooden toys and puzzles that don’t end up in the junk
As I have been reading Thomas Brooks’ “Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices”, the
contrast between junky plastic toys and solid wooden classics has been on the forefront of my
brain. Strange connection between my two favorite worlds, the world of Puritan writings and
momma-land, I know.
“Where one thousand are destroyed by the worlds frowns, ten thousand are destroyed by the
One of the devices most employed by the Enemy which Brooks dwells upon in depth is the
allurement of this world. Even though Brooks’ had no idea how consumerism and a culture of
comfort would grow and develop, his words speak so aptly to our culture and to my own heart.
“You may as soon fill a bag with wisdom, a chest with virtue, or a circle with a triangle, as the
heart of man with anything here below. A man may have enough of the world to sink him, but he
can never have enough to satisfy him.”
When I see my children fixating on collecting precious toys that quickly lose their luster, these
truths are so clear to me; however, I struggle to see the idiocy of my own attempts to collect
comfort and treasures on this earth. A new home, a new rug, a better school, a getaway to an
exciting place: these are the equivalent to plastic, junk drawer joys when compared to the solid,
durable delights that I have in union with Christ.
“The treasures of the saint are the presence of God, the favor of God, union and communion
with God, the pardon of sin, the joy of the spirit, the peace of conscience, which are jewels that
none can give but Christ nor none can take away but Christ.”
I long to invest my time, energy and resources on earth storing up durable delights that will last
even beyond the frames of this fragile life. Cultivating my own walk with God, encouraging and
enabling my children’s relationships with the Lord and one another, praying for and befriending
the sheep that are not yet of Jesus’ fold, but are meant to be (John 10), these are durable
delights. Yet so often, these get pushed aside by the plastic distractions of this world, lost in the
shuffle of temporary toys.
I spend so much time organizing, protecting, and caring for the temporary toys that I often
neglect the durable delights that are less shiny and less loudly advertised. While the durable
delights of union of with Christ are expensive, they have been fully purchased for us by the very
same Christ. The wooden, lasting lovelies of Christ sit gathering dust in a bin while I frantically
pander to the plastic.
“Oh, let your souls dwell upon the vanity of all things here below, til your hearts be so thoroughly
convinced and persuaded of the vanity of them, as to trample upon them and make them a
footstool for Christ to get up and ride in a holy triumph in your hearts.”
I love the image that Brooks paints. I can see, in my mind’s eye, a pile of the plastic, temporary
toys of this life, being climbed by Christ as He becomes rightful King on the throne of my heart
Christ is THE durable delight from which all pleasures flow. He is the center of our desires and
all good gifts radiate out from Him (James 1:17). May He sit on the rightful throne as we allow
the lesser, temporary joys to be His footstool!