Today marks a significant milestone in American culture. Sixty years ago Mr. Potato Head came to life on TVs across the country. In fact, he was the first product ever to be marketed directly to children. So, when you kids remind you incessantly about toys they see during commercial breaks – you can thank Sir Spud.
During the news report this morning an expert commented on why this toy has done so well for so many generations. The many accessories encourage creativity from children. A rep for the toy maker noted that there are over 300 parts available. Among my favorites are the sets with Star Wars names like Artoo-potatoo and Darth Tater. So there’s some huge number of potential combinations so kids can compose a truly unique presentation.
Brace yourself for the Christian parallel.
Maybe that’s a reason so many people have left church. Before anybody gets irate, be assured that the only rules to a creative spiritual journey with Jesus is the Bible. For decades, even centuries, church-goers have left it up to church leadership to tell them how to engage with their Savior through Christian service. What if we gave people freedom, guidance and empowerment to do their own thing? Church would truly represent the whole body instead of a few believers. If God has put the church together the way he wanted it to be (1st Corinthians 12), with spiritual gifts and passions he has given his people put to use, maybe we should try to see the picture he put together? And, Christians would engage in their walks much more.
Talk with God about the passions he’s given you and how he’d like you to use them. Before you know it you’ll be off your spiritual tater-tush and living life to the fullest extent.