The comfort zones of diapers – #40days #Lent #1Word5voices

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breakfast cookie fiend

If you haven’t ever met Rosie G, our almost-three year old, you’re in for a treat once you do. I mean, look at this girl! You cannot deny how cute she is! MY HEART EXPLODES WITH SO MUCH JOY from seeing her laugh and run around. She has the best “DADDY!” scream & run-into-your-arms that I’ve seen since Livvy.

In this picture, we are making breakfast cookies, which is one of the few activities that overrides her passion for Peppa Pig.

We love nicknames around our house. Rosie is, at times, affectionately known as Hurricane Rosie. Sometimes, she is a force to be reckoned with. Currently, she pitches major fits over what shirts she wants to wear–and none of my options ever work. [PJs are her only true go-to in her wardrobe right now.]

Pretty soon, we are going to be potty training Hurricane Rosie. I am sure there will be some category 5’s headed our way. As we gear up for this challenge opportunity to grow our patience, I stumbled across a website article to pick up some tips.

NOTE: At this point in the post, Rachael is probably internally piping up to point out that she is going to probably be the primary potty training. I don’t deny it, but I do like being on Team Swanson, so that counts for something, right?

The article has some good tips and some wacky, creatives ones. One trick involves cutting a hole in the diaper and timing the whole get-your-kid-to-the-toilet so that it doesn’t end up going south on you SINCE YOU’VE CUT A HOLE IN A DIAPER.

All of these potty training tricks crack me up because of how much they revolve around the toddler’s comfort. This makes perfect sense as we try to help guide small people through figuring that whole thing out. God designed us to forget most of our baby and toddler years because who would want to remember trying to figure potty training out? Can you imagine doing this as an adult? (You have permission to treat that as a rhetorical question.)

So much of our Christian faith has been regulated to keeping us comfortable. It’s in human nature to seek out comfort. It’s why the psalms talk about God being our refuge in times of trouble. God wants us to reach out when we are anxious, needy, or scared.

But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
    let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
    that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

The thing about Psalm 5, where the above verse is found, is that the psalmist is wrestling with a lot of angst about life. He sees how people disregard the LORD, take advantage of the powerless, and are simply bloodthirsty. He wants change but knows that change probably isn’t going to come, so his only hope is to take refuge in who God is.

refuge feb 18 2I look around in our country and I don’t think we can truly relate to this passage word for word. Sure, we all face opposition and challenges. But how many times do things in your life boil down to experiencing a discomfort that only a small percentage of our world has to worry over?

I am calling out myself as much as I am wanting to invite everyone else to share a little bit of perspective. “First world problems” is so cliché that no one will listen if you come close to that phrase. I guess that’s what I’m doing, though. I’m inviting everyone to turn off the first world problem filter and see the world for what it is.

Let’s stop acting like toddlers when something truly insignificant messes up what our picture of how life should be. God eagerly looks forward to us growing past being like this so that we can grow up in Christ and change the world as His disciples.


ACheck out what my friends are writing about during our crazy Lent experiment we talked each other into doing. Shawn, Lindz, Bones, or Steph.


About Brian Swanson

Christ follower. Screw up. Stained with grace. Ruined by Jesus.
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1 Response to The comfort zones of diapers – #40days #Lent #1Word5voices

  1. Kristen says:

    “First world problems” is a regular mantra in our household when we find ourselves getting worked up over things that just don’t matter in the grand scheme of things. Love it!!

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