When Jolie comes for a visit she always brings several things with her to include books, a doll or stuffed animal and other little trinkets. Recently among her treasures was a key ring filled with a rainbow of what she described as silly bandz.™
A sample of Jolie's Silly Bandz™
The official count
She was quick to educate me on this new fad, which includes both collecting and trading the colorful stretchy shapes.
Fads intrigue me
A fad is something that catches on, then after a while interest fades and the novelty of whatever was ‘in’ is no more. Webster defines it as a practice or interest followed for a time with exaggerated zeal.
What is it that makes something become a fad? What makes something stop being a fad and become an ongoing part of life?
It’s a Stretch a
This application may be a stretch (Ouch! Excuse the silly bandz pun!), but I was thinking about fads as it relates to my Christian walk. Referring to Webster’s description, there’s nothing wrong with zeal—in fact, I want my faith to be characterized by zeal. However, I certainly want my faith to be more than a fad.
I think Ephesians 4:14-15 speaks to ‘fad’ faith vs. lasting faith: We are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming, but speaking the truth in love we are to grow up in all aspects unto Him, who is the head, even Christ.
True biblical faith is to be collected and passed on, not as a trendy fad, but as a lifestyle!
©Brenda Pace, 2010