I have changed diapers on all four of my children.
My wife has done it more.
I love her.
What has surprised me is the fact that two of my kids hated diaper changes. With a passion. They would scream and cry and fight all the way through it. You would think I was hurting them!
The other two are the exact opposite. They absolutely enjoy diaper changes. Yes. Enjoy.
You tell them that their diaper is going to be changed and they go look for the diaper themselves, then climb onto the bed ready for their business to be taken care of. They laugh. They have fun.
I don’t get it.
Besides the obvious fact that every child is different, I still don’t get it!
But, I do have a thought.
The ones who enjoy it are the ones who can see towards their clean future. They know what the process of the diaper change will produce: cleanliness. And, we all know, cleanliness is next to godliness. Right?
The ones who don’t enjoy it somehow cannot see past the process. They are stuck on the difficult process they have to go through in order to get to the other side.
Which one are you?
Let me give a simple suggestion: The more you look towards the future, seeing what your process will produce, the easier it becomes to endure the process.
When we have our eyes on Jesus, we know that every difficult situation exists to produce something greater.
James 1:2-4 states, “2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Diaper change, anyone?
*By the way, since when did it become important to put Winnie the Pooh smiling at you on a diaper? Is it supposed to make the experience for the parent more enjoyable?