Hunka Love Bear – Bad Idea
As I watched the man on the street corner collect a donation from a generous motorist, I drummed my fingers on the steering wheel. Wonder what he’s gonna spend the money on. Maybe fast food? That’d be nice. Hope he’s gonna buy himself some Taco Bell. (I was in an optimistic mood.) Hmm, can’t wait to get home and make some dinner. Wonder what I should have? Tacos sound good. A voice on the radio interrupted my wandering thoughts.
“The Big Hunka Love Bear is the gift no girl can resist.” I reached over and turned up the volume. I was interested in something no girl could resist.
“Standing 4 ½ feet tall, he’s soft and cuddly.”
“You’d spend the same amount on flowers and candy,” the ad continued.
But girls like flowers and candy, I stared at the radio as if it could read my mind.
“But they’re gone in a few days. The Big Hunka Love Bear lasts forever.”
Precisely, it lasts forever, and now poor girls everywhere are going to be stuck with this monstrosity. I did a quick inventory of my house and tried to think where I’d put a ginormous bear. My imaginary tour led me to the only logical conclusion. I’d have to find a creative way to destroy him (the bear of course – not the boyfriend). Could I catch it on fire? They make stuffed animals so fire retardant these days; no doubt this would be a formidable task.
“Only $99 dollars,”
Only $99 dollars? Are you kidding? You could buy her a piece of jewelry for that.
“And it comes with the Vermont lifetime guarantee.”
Ok, don’t listen to this man, I was screaming in my head. Men don’t know what women want. Women know what women want. Ask me; ask your sister; ask the toll booth lady. Just don’t listen to this moron. It was as if the man on the radio had messed up every Valentine’s Day in his own personal history and was now determined to bring his brothers down with him. The worst of it all was that he sounded so convincing. If I didn’t know better, I’d think that every girl in the world was hoping she too could receive the 4 ½ foot bear.
You’d think I’d be aware of all the bad influencers out there since I’m an “Influencer,” but the study also made this uncomfortable evaluation: “She tends to trust people indiscriminately if positively reinforced by those people.”
Uh oh! That part sounded dangerously close to “bad judgment.” I started thinking about the truth of the statement. Do I really let people who flatter me sway my decisions? Influence is a powerful tool, and the Bible warns about who we should allow as a guiding presence in our lives.
Proverbs 13:20 “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.”
Use great care in choosing with whom you want to closely associate because those people will have an effect on your life choices.