Hey, one can always dream, right!?
As I’ve watched my son (who can also be sweeter than cake) struggle to control his impulses and moods, I’ve come to a frightening conclusion.
In many ways, I am also a tantrum-throwing toddler. Spiritually, that is. (and in other ways, too, but let’s not get into that right now…)
With that insight in mind, I thought it would be instructive and fun to list some typical toddler behaviors that can show up in our spiritual attitudes.
You might be a (spiritual) toddler if…
1. You always want MORE! Mostly of things that aren’t good for you. (Candy)
2. You consistently resist what’s in your own best interest. (Sweaters when it’s cold outside. Vegetables. Getting dressed so you can go to the library.)
3. You are oblivious to or disregard (spiritual) danger. (Hey, let’s play with these knives! Or run straight into the street without looking! Or both at the same time!)
4. You have a hard time saying thank you, please, and sorry.
5. You think that everything is yours and/or have a hard time sharing. (MINE!!)
6. You become unhinged if everything isn’t just so. (My plate is the wrong color – I think I’m going to die!)
7a. You bite the hand that feeds you. Literally. (Ouch!)
7b. You have no respect for your (heavenly) parents and have no clue how much grief you’re giving them.
Oh, and if you (symbolically or literally) throw yourself on the floor and scream until you’re blue in the face, you get spiritual toddler bonus points!
If you conclude you are a spiritual toddler, don’t despair. Many (most?) of us are to some degree, and Heavenly Father is acutely aware of that fact. In fact, the scriptures abound with verses that refer to us as children. (See for example D&C 78:17)
I love my son. That said, I can’t wait for him to grow out of some of his less pleasant toddler behaviors.
Heavenly Father loves us.
But maybe it’s time for us to grow up a little spiritually.
Ps. Watch out for the teenage years. I hear they are the worst.
What are some other spiritual toddler behaviors you’ve found yourself exhibiting?