Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Law of the Toddler

A sample devotional from my HOPEFULLY soon-to-be-published book, God Is Bigger:

The Law of the Toddler

I’m sure you have either heard of “The Law of the Toddler” or seen it in action:
If I am playing with it and you glance at it, it’s MINE.
If I am not playing with it but you go anywhere near it, it’s MINE.
If I saw it first, it’s MINE.
If you have it and I want it, it’s MINE.
If it remotely resembles one that looks like mine, it’s MINE.
If I have 322 of them and you want to play with only one, ALL of them are MINE.
If it’s broken, it’s yours.
Our three-year-old granddaughter, Jenessa came up with a new twist on the Toddler Law recently. I bent down to kiss her sleeping brother, Daniel and she whispered, “That baby is mine. Not Mommy’s baby, but mine.”
I never thought of Jesus as being a possessive sort of person until I discovered this statement He made about Himself: “My own sheep know My voice: I know them and they follow Me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one shall snatch them from My care. My Father who has given them to Me is greater than all, and no one can snatch them out of the Father’s care (John 10:27-30).”
Are you scared that you are going to accidentally do something to mess up your relationship with God, and Jesus will disown you? Don’t be. He says, “You are MINE!”
Are you worried that someone is going to come along and talk you out of your belief in Jesus as your savior and Lord? Don’t be. He reassures you: “You are MINE!”
Are you fretting that the problems and challenges you face will distract you from your walk with Him, causing you to lose your faith? Don’t be. He lovingly whispers, “You are MINE!”
When you meet God face to face, He is not going to ask you how many good deeds you did, or failed to do. He is not concerned with perfection, but position. All He will care about is Who you put your faith in. If it’s Jesus, He will turn to His angels and command, “Open the gates! This one is washed in the blood of My only Son. This one is MINE!”


  1. What a wonderful precious promise! Very good analogy!

  2. LOL
    I have two toddlers and this is so true! I first saw it on my pediatrician's wall.
    This seems like a great devotion and very uplifting. We are His and that's good to know.

  3. Thank you both. I'm glad to know it hits "home."

  4. Good YOur blog is going so well. Do you read Might be a good post to put up ...We are giving away a free book. And do that about once a month.

  5. "Open the gates! This one is washed in the blood of My only Son. This one is MINE!"

    -Wont it be great to rejoice in Heaven with our Heavenly Father - Sing with the angels and always be happy! You know what I'm looking forward to most? Hugging Jesus! Can you imagine? It will be such a blissful day!

    Love - Blair