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Yuppie Prayer

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Nothing illustrates the “toy” mentality better than the attitude in the 1980's. Back then, Babyboomers with too much bling were called “yuppies.” Here’s their attitude captured in this bed time prayer:

Now I lay me down to sleep.

I pray my Cuisinart to keep.

I pray my stocks are on the rise,

and that my analyst is wise,

that the perrier I sip is light

and that my hot tub’s watertight,

that racquetball won’t get too tough,

that all my sushi’s fresh enough.

I pray my cordless phone still works,

that my career won’t lose its perks,

my microwave won’t radiate,

my condo won’t depreciate.

I pray my health club doesn’t close

and that my money market grows.

If I go broke before I wake,

I pray my beamer they don’t take.

The title of that poem could be “Toy’s.” That personified the yuppie attitutude: “Let me get all the play things my salary will buy. That is not the biblical attitude. The Bible teaches us that money’s not a toy, it’s a tool. That truth is illustrated in this story:

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