Broken Toys (by Brent Kimball)

Stretch armstrong
When we were boys my brother and I received two amazing toys. His was Stretch Armstrong and mine was Stretch Monster.


These were corn syrup filled action figures that stretched when you pulled on their limbs. We absolutely loved these toys, but like most toys they ended up victims of boyhood abuse. After getting stretched way farther than they were intended to stretch and enduring various BB gun wars and the like, they ended up in the garbage. Our mom wouldn’t let us keep them once the corn syrup started leaking onto the carpet. We were brokenhearted.

Though I once cared deeply for my stretch monster, presently, I don’t miss him or care about him in the least. What I once cared about and grieved over losing I now don’t care a bit about and can chuckle over.

This makes me wonder if much of the broken-heartedness that we endure in our lives presently is the equivalent of broken toys from our past. Is it possible that those things that grieve us now won’t really matter in the future?

Romans 8:18
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18
For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

About Pastor Andrew

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Carissa, Daddy to four daughters, Lead Pastor at LifePoint Church in Vancouver, WA.
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3 Responses to Broken Toys (by Brent Kimball)

  1. Mendi Yoshikawa says:

    Thank you! These verses come at a timely moment. My neighbor (who has also become a good friend) was told this week that her cancer treatment is not working and that she only has a short time left. She will be leaving behind an 8 year old son who has become like a 3rd child in our household since we moved here and this is going to turn his life upside down. I’ve felt this heavy cloud over me all week, but I am so thankful knowing she is a Christian and will be going to a better place where we can someday see her again… Please pray for their entire family.

  2. Dean Goff says:

    Good word Brent. When we have the ability to compare our current circumstances to eternity, it seems a little insignificant. These versus are full of hope and promise. Thanks for posting this.

  3. Tom Erickson says:

    At this age experiencing that now. Right on brother! Ask, seek, knock, study, dig, pray, pray, let God guide your steps, so step out in faith, trust, believe. Knowledge leads to understanding which leads to WISDOM. It starts with obedience, runs on and ends on obedience! Hallelujah, praise GOD forever more. “Rider” tom

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