They are those two words that make even the bravest parent want to run and hide: POTTY TRAINING! That marvelous joy has come to our house in the recent weeks as our daughter Abigail is now 2 ½ and ready to move into greater levels of independence.
Don’t get me wrong. The thoughts of not paying for diapers and not having to clean messy blowouts are very attractive. And yet, I wonder how many "accidents" we're going to have to endure before this is all over.
It was in the middle of cleaning one of those puddles left on our living room floor, feeling very frustrated, that one of my father’s favorite questions popped into my head. It is a question that he's asked my brother and me many times as we've faced trials or different experiences of life. "Where is the sermon in this?" As I mulled it over, I discovered that thinking about it that way puts this "ordeal" into a new light.
The writer to the Hebrews says so eloquently, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (12:1-2).
It could be very easy for me to give up and just put another diaper back on my daughter. I would no longer have to worry about the puddles. And yet God does not do that with me. He allows me to make my mistakes and errors along life’s journey. He allows us to learn. He allows us to grow. He allows us to achieve. These things are the joy of our life. We must joy in the trials. We must joy in the race. For when we finish, there is a prize waiting for us that is above all the glory we can ever achieve on this earth.
Just as my daughter is learning through her mistakes, God allows us to learn from ours. Sometimes, we just have to dodge the puddles!
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