Today I had a rare serious conversation with my dear two year old. She was sitting on the potty, and I wanted her to try to go. She kept saying “I can’t” and I kept saying “Yes, you can.” At some point, my dull brain realized I had a problem. She really doesn’t believe she can learn to go potty. How could I address her belief with Scripture?
I decided I didn’t have to wait for her brother to be around to teach her a verse. (Where that idea came from, I don’t know, but for some reason I thought it.) So I started having her repeat: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
I asked her if she could become a butterfly. Surprisingly, she answered no. (She so frequently answers flippantly, it’s become habit to simply supply the correct answer and go on.) I asked her to give me the next part of the verse “I can do all things through……” and she actually answered “Christ.” A real conversation: what fun! Then I told her that strengthens means that somebody helps her do right (I was pretty sure she didn’t know what it meant), and I asked her who helps her do right. She didn’t know, so we said the verse together, and I gave her the right answer.
I think we may just make saying that verse a part of our potty routine.