The truth about poop!

Every week I take my two youngest kids to playgroup. It’s a non-negotiable. They love it. I love it. Win-win! In the midst of building blocks, coffee, crayons and nursery rhymes there is a platter of fruit pieces for the children to snack on. It’s great. Pear. Melon. Banana. Pineapple. Yum! My 2 year old is particularly fond of this aspect of playgroup. In fact, from the moment the platter arrives, until it’s completely clean, she will stand next to it and devour the lions portion before anyone else can get a look in. I need to point out, she’s not a chunky monkey at all, she’s a petite little thing, and she just has a VAST capacity for fruit. It’s become a bit of a running joke with the other moms and no matter how much we distract her, she still manages to go full hog… literally! As a mom, it’s great to have a child who is so happy to snack on something as nutritious as fresh fruit! I’m certainly not going to complain about that, but when she was still in nappies, there were times when the aftermath of her fruit binge wasn’t pretty.

It’s a strange thing that happens when you become a mom. You develop a bizarre interest in the bodily functions of another person. It’s not uncommon to see a mom hoist her child up and sniff, without a hint of embarrassment. I’ve been in a room of mommies where all the moms have done this at the same to determine whose baby is in need of attention. It’s hilarious. We all do it, but it doesn’t end there. Many a new mom has worried about the contents of her child’s nappy, and as yuck as it may be, the main drive behind this obsession is the very valid question, ‘Is my child healthy?’

You reap what you sow

The final product gives a pretty good indication of what’s going on inside and what went in, in the first place. If you’re only consuming bad stuff then really bad stuff is going to come out, but this doesn’t only relate to food.  I’ve found that certain Television programmes demonstrate unwelcome attitudes, and less than desirable ways of treating others, and my older children pick up on these things.  Unconsciously, they mimic what they hear and if it’s not pretty on the screen, it’s not going to be pretty in real life. It’s simple, you get out what you put in! It’s a universal law, you reap what you sow.

Fix your thoughts

In the New Testament book of Philippians, the Apostle Paul writes in Chapter 4 verse 8:

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

I’m reminded of this scripture every time I find myself dwelling on something that I know isn’t going to have pretty results. When I’m angry with someone and holding onto my offense. When I read the news and become hopeless about the state of the world. It’s so easy to fix my thoughts on negative things and take on board all that I see and hear, but in the process I become fearful, bitter and jaded. Conversely, if I’m intentional about what I’m allowing my mind and heart to consume, making sure I’m dwelling on hope, peace and love, the fruit of those things will be so much better.

In the Old Testament book of Proverbs Chapter 4 and verse 23 it says:

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life

By considering and being aware of the things we take on board and setting our hearts on all that is good and true, the very course of our lives are affected.

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