Originally posted by twhitehead
Toys give me happiness
When they replace God, they're idols.
I don't know about you but idols lead to unhappiness most often in my experience.
The OP says that God does not.
I didn't like the OP all that
much. Some good thoughts there though.
Concerning the word "blessings"
That's one of those words theist love to throw around but not explain.
Blessing means a kind "Well speaking of". To speak well of someone or something involves blessing.
For God to speak well of something or well of someone is a significant thing because of the power and authority of divine speaking.
Idols or something that replaces God or competes with God or usurps God's intended preeminence in the human heart, is usually not a blessing.
For example - God may bless you to achieve a good education with your good mind.
But if you use it to replace God, take God's place or be above God, it becomes idolatry. An idol will not be a blessing.
And a "toy" may be a matter of pretending to the point that one misses reality.