How many unused gadgets do you have in your cupboards?
Got a fondue set at home? Used it more than once? If you have, you are very much in a minority for it has recently been voted the worst value home gadget, with 56% of owners paying an average of £41 to use it once.
According to the website PriceRunner other gadgets that people regret buying include fizzy-drink makers, melon ballers, pedometers and ice cream makers. I wonder how many of those we've got in our cupboards? I'm just surprised that the foot spa didn't appear on the list.
Funny how we think that some gadgets will save us time, but just turn out to be fads. No doubt when we looked at our European cousins we thought that it would be fun to own a fondue set and no doubt it was until we came to having to clean it out and then it seemed too much like hard work. So it was donated to the local charity shop or relegated to the back of the cupboard, never to be used again.
Pretty much like the fate of the family Bible, if we have one. We might have bought it for the children or when we got married and seriously meant to read it. But then we never seemed to have the time, so left it on the book shelf or moved it out of sight completely. Perhaps we felt that the message in there was too much like hard work to live up to. Or it was just another fad in our lives.
The Bible is full of words of advice on how to live our lives, and they are relevant even in this day of labour-saving gadgets and passing fads. The wisdom contained in its pages has stood the test of time, as we have tried al sorts of other ways to find contentment and satisfaction.
We believe that “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults and giving instruction for right living.” (2 Timothy 3 v 16) Eugene H Peterson wrote that “the Bible is given to us in the first place simply to invite us to make ourselves at home in the world of God....and become familiar with the way God speaks and the ways in which we answer him with our lives.”
It's not too late to discover that that Bible somewhere in the house will turn out to be the best value item you possess. Happy reading!