The Heart of a Two Year Old


We all have bad days. You know, those times when God gives you a beautiful day and you don’t do a very good job responding to life during the day He gives you. I had one of them recently. If you had been peaking in my window, you would not have been impressed. My kids were responding sinfully, and I was responding sinfully, to their sinful response!

I find that when I respond poorly, even if they are being sinful, it makes things ten times worse!

On that particular day I was exhausted and discouraged by 4:00 PM, and I was ready to pack my bags and go to the Bahamas! But . . . we were expecting company and you can’t just fly to the Bahamas when you are expecting company. That would be rude.

I called my husband and asked, “Can you please come home a little early and help me get ready for company? I am having a terrible day, and I just don’t know how I am going to serve our company . . . and can I please go to the Bahamas?”

He said he’d come home right away.

Our company arrived. They are a family of five, including a 2 year old, 3 year old, and 7 year old. All three children are girls and are ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE. Let’s just say there was a lot of giggling going on! God was very gracious and enabled us to enjoy this family in spite of the day I’d had.

I enjoyed all three girls, but there is just something about a two year old. You never really have to wonder how they are feeling about anything! I spent much of the night laughing at this little girl as she said, “NO! MY BELLY BUTTON!” “NO! MY CHEERIOS!” “NO! MY HAIR!” “NO!”

She was such a crack up!

Our company left, and we headed to bed. As I was thinking about the day and how I had responded, I began to feel discouraged again. Then I was reminded of that two year old. The reality is, I have the heart of a two year old! There is a sinful, selfish pull that we all have. If it is not controlled by the Holy Spirit, then it shows in how we respond to life. I may not be yelling “NO! MY BELLY BUTTON!” But I can respond in other self-centered ways (I’M GOING TO THE BAHAMAS!) when I am bugged or when my kids don’t respond correctly.

Why do I get discouraged? Is it because I am surprised that I have this in my heart? Am I surprised that I’m sinful, or that my children are sinful? I guess I’m not surprised, but days like these make it all the more evident!

I am, again, humbled and reminded of what I am capable of. I am thankful that, “His mercies are new every morning!” (Lamentations 3:22-23)—I can start fresh each day.

. . . and I no longer want to go to Bahamas!

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Gina Smith has served alongside her husband at a small Christian college right outside of Washington, D.C. for almost 20 years, where she served as the Dean of Women. Gina previously dedicated her days to serving her family, but now that her children are both college students she fully enjoys her calling to mentor to women and young women in person and online with her blog Real Life Titus 2! Gina has been a mom for 23 years and she and Brian have been married for 25 years.

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