For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. (1 Timothy 4:4, 5) (NIV)

A toymaker and his apprentice son made an amazing gift for children. They crafted inner mechanical works to spin a globe while spreading luminance, fragrance, and music. The completed masterpiece was placed on the lowest shelf, so every visiting child might play with it.

As the first boy and girl entered the shop, the maker peered around his tools and watched the pair discover the globe. The children giggled at the music and light. The inventor smiled as two free hearts sat on the floor, enraptured by the spinning orb.

The girl whispered in the boy’s ear and, when next the old man looked, the children were gone, and the toy with them.

Days later, the toymaker glanced out his window to see his globe picked up by other, meaner children. This lot tossed it back and forth, and abused the masterpiece. They found the music and images addictive and they fought for a turn.

“Please, go show those children how to use our toy safely,” the toymaker said to his son.

The son entered the children’s huddle and held the ball above his head. He demonstrated the motion necessary to make it spin fast, sing, and shine. He taught them to pass the ball on, before the attachment became too strong. 

Before he returned to his father’s shop, the son said, “Have fun little ones, but use care. Because if you abuse it, this toy will destroy you.”

Prayer: Father, let me enjoy your Earth with reverence for you.