09 November 2018

This 'n' That

I went to the store last night to get cough drops. Did you know that some cough drops require you to be 18 years old to purchase them? I guess they don't want anybody going overboard on menthol. Anyway, on my way to the register, I spotted a display with new toys for Christmas. Consider this your friendly warning that Yellies are a thing.

What are Yellies? As near as I can tell, it's a plush, spider-like toy that is voice- and sound-activated. The tagline on the display was, "The louder you yell, the faster they go!" So they encourage your children to yell needlessly...and loudly. I realize that nobody asked me, but it's my blog and I'll say what I want: this might possibly be the dumbest toy I've ever seen. Any parent who purchases one of these for their child(ren) deserves every moment of headache that results from the constant yelling.

It seems to me that yelling is a much more common occurrence now than it was in years past. When I was a child, we didn't scream and holler when we played. Okay, maybe occasionally, but usually due to particular circumstances. Nowadays, if children are playing, they're yelling. Why? Why all the noise? You can't walk through a store without hearing a child scream, not because they are injured, but because they didn't get something they wanted. What astonishes me is the way most parents just ignore it and let the child continue making a scene. It's almost as if they don't hear it. Perhaps they're just immune to it since their children are screaming at home, too. Either that or they've gone deaf from all the clamor.

So as not to seem that I'm simply venting an opinion about children screaming unnecessarily, here's my point: all that noise simply creates and contributes to chaos. Our world is growing increasingly chaotic, so why would we encourage our children to participate in this by purchasing a toy that promotes needless yelling? It doesn't make sense, just like so many other things in the world today. Our God is not a God of chaos, He is a God of order. As His children, we should seek to emulate Him, and that includes the way we raise our children.

Okay, before you run out and purchase your own Yellie, pause for a few quiet moments to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Like candy? Then this might interest you!
  • The Holocaust was real, and we should never forget it.
  • Suffering and suffering for the gospel are two different things.
  • Being an alumnus of Pepperdine University, Wednesday night's shooting in Thousand Oaks, CA, hits home. Please be praying for these families.
  • I've been saying this for years and refuse to use hand dryers in public restrooms.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Why did God make weeds?
  • Perhaps you fumbled your way into contemplative prayer because it's not biblical.
[T]o be a believer in the gospel is no dishonor to a man's intellect. While the gospel can be understood by the poorest and the most illiterate, while there are shallows in it where a lamb may wade, there are depths where leviathan may swim. —C.H. Spurgeon

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