“It’s an altogether cool, dumb idea.”

So says my brother about an interesting party idea he found on Pinterest. By adding the chemical found in glow-sticks to bubble solution, you can make blowing bubbles that glow in the dark. He loves the idea, but he has no idea why anyone would think it was a good one.

The chemical that makes glow-sticks shine in the dark is dangerous. We are careful to make sure they don’t leak when we use them. But, if they are cracked and added to bubble solution we are almost guaranteed they will land on someone’s skin or in their eye, mouth, nose or ears–either in the process of draining the sticks or when a contaminated bubble innocently lands on human flesh. How has someone not considered this? he wonders.

This brings me to the question: What makes a cool idea a good idea and not something that upon execution will be identified as a dumb idea? Could it be exercising wisdom? Taking time to consider the effects of an activity beyond the scope of it’s entertainment value? It seems we don’t have enough of this kind of thinking going on in our world today.

Where have all the thinkers gone? Is it that they have been reduced to following public opinion and seeking  instant gratification rather than long-term advantage? I wonder if we realize how much our minds would be affected if we sought the wisdom found in the Word of God like silver and gold. What if we counted the wealth of God’s precepts as costly treasure more than we did the impoverished theories passed down to us by the world?

What if we tried to be affected by something different before we tried to become something different? What if we put the highest premium on what went in rather than on what later goes out? Would we discover that we were capable of more than we thought? Would we find that what came out did not have to be given so much attention to because we already made such a point of putting in the right stuff from the beginning?

Yes, I think we could learn to care for ourselves so much better than we do. The world should not be the one we look to for instructions on self-care. Didn’t God make our bodies, minds and spirits? Is it not in His perfectly loving jurisdiction to teach us how to treat ourselves? I think it’s about time we tested Him on this–yes, tell God, “I want to find out the truth: What is the beauty to be found in Your Word and the instructions you give us?” God is surely waiting to answer a prayer such as this. After all, would He have given us all that we needed if He did not want to teach us how to use it well?

Wikipedia: Him is the objective form of he.

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