It is cruel and unusual punishment to completely drown your
children in toys and expect them to manage them.
Years ago, I regularly found myself wading through toys up to my shins and spending long, frustrating days in the
toy dungeon. I knew the children should
be responsible for their own toys, but the
task seemed too big for them. It took a
mere twenty minutes to demolish the en-
tire contents of a room but hours or even
days to get it back to “clean.”
Finally I realized that it is cruel and un-
usual punishment to completely drown
your children in toys and expect them
to manage them. Children simply have
too much, too soon. Today’s children
have hundreds of toys. ;is modern-day,
mega-sized variety of toys does not make
our children happier, healthier, or smart-
er. Instead, they become cranky and de-
manding. ;ey grow more and more dis-
content. And the cleanup is a nightmare.
Here is why it is so abundantly pain-
ful: you are a slave to what you own.
And when you own more than you can
handle, that cannot bring honor to the
Lord. Scripture says: “No one can serve
two masters; for either he will hate the one
and love the other, or else he will be loyal
to the one and despise the other. You can-
not serve God and mammon" (Matthew
6: 24, NKJV).