"I'm glad you came to help me today, Danielle," said Aunt Meg as the two of them explored the cluttered attic. They chatted and laughed at their discoveries as they sorted through boxes and trunks, getting ready for a garage sale. Aunt Meg picked
up a box. "I think my old doll should be around here somewhere," she said.
"Is this it?" Danielle asked.
"It sure is--my little Rosie!" exclaimed Aunt Meg. "I played with her all the time when I was your age." She held out her arms for the doll and settled its soft body into the crook of her arm like a real baby. Its round face smiled up at her.
"These dolls were very popular," said Aunt Meg. "They came with birth certificates or adoption papers, and we were crazy about them. Rosie was a birthday gift from my parents." She looked at the doll thoughtfully. "I still remember a message our pastor gave the Christmas before I got Rosie," continued Aunt Meg. "People stood in line for hours and paid big money for these dolls. Pastor Burns warned that they would eventually lose their appeal and popularity. He reminded us that material possessions can never bring fulfillment and lasting joy. Only Jesus can satisfy our hearts--and the gift He offers is free." She handed the doll back to Danielle. "Pastor Burns was right. I don't get excited about these dolls anymore--or about a lot of other things that were popular once. Look at all the stuff in this attic." She smiled. "But I still get excited when I think about Jesus and all He's done for me!"
Danielle looked at the doll. "Rosie is nice," she said, "but I can't believe you got that excited over something like this."
Aunt Meg's eyes twinkled. "Oh, I think I know someone who has a pretty large collection of a certain brand of stuffed animals," she teased, "and they're not as popular as they once were, either. Do you want to sell them at our garage sale?"
"Not yet," Danielle admitted with a giggle.
"Popular items change continually," said Aunt Meg, "but Jesus is always the same. He's a gift we can both get excited about!"
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you have things that have lost their appeal? Are there new things popular now that you wish you could get? Material things only satisfy for a brief time. You soon grow tired of them, or they become outdated. But salvation through Jesus is absolutely free, will never become outdated, and brings joy that lasts forever! Accept His gift today! (See the ABCs of Salvation at the end of this book.)
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Romans 6:23 (KJV)
The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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