Our son and daughter-in-law have three little ones under five. They insist that these toddler property laws are true. Why wouldn’t they? They see them in action every day.
1. If I like it, it’s mine.
2. If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.
3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
4. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.
5. If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
6. If I’m doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
7. If it looks just like mine, it’s mine.
8. If I saw it first, it’s mine.
9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
10. If it’s broken, it’s yours.
Little ones are born with these ideas and habits ingrained. Parents are supposed to teach generosity, sharing, and compromise. Some parents don’t do that because they still live by those toddler rules.
Luke 12:15b says we are to be on our guard against all kinds of greed (NIV). Take that guy in Luke 12:16-19. Now there is a guy with toddler issues. Yep. He still believed that everything belonged to him. He didn’t care that he robbed God. Tithing or giving to others never crossed his mind.
Malachi 3:8a- Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me (NIV).
Acts 2:45- They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need (NIV).
Jesus told us to “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions (Luke 12:15-NIV).”
Prayer: Lord, help us grow up in every area of our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.