like toddlers with toys

Give anything to a toddler and it’s likely he’ll either put it in his mouth, throw it on the floor, or try to pull it apart by sheer force.

I think we’re like that a lot of the time. I know I am. Imagine that we’re the toddler. The things that are given to us are the tools we need to get through life the way we’re meant to get through it. If that sounds far-fetched, it really isn’t. At least, I don’t think so.

God gives us all we need to live the life He intended for us to live. One of abundance, of fulfillment, walking in line with His will. As much as we complain about difficulties, the truth is that He’s given us all we need! It’s just that a lot of the time, we are like toddlers. We don’t know what to do with what we’re given.

  1. We don’t see them for what they are. We may not be able to tell something valuable from something basically worthless. They’re all just toys to the toddler. They’re just more things life throws at us.
  2. As a result, we don’t use them the way they were intended to be used. Give a toddler a crayon and he’ll likely try to eat it. (What?? Crayons aren’t meant to be eaten???)
  3. Not surprisingly, then, they don’t achieve the purpose and results they were meant to.
  4. And so we end up living a life less than the one we could be and should be living.

Toys and gadgets and things usually come with instruction manuals. I think it’s the same with the tools God gives us, except He’s the instruction manual. The person that He is, His written Word, and just everything about Him. The instructions may not be given to us directly, but if we would just ask and look for them…they’re there. Free, too.


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