Can I Go To The Bathroom

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Braxton was somewhat of a late bloomer. He didn’t start crawling until he was almost one and didn’t start walking until he was just about two years old. My husband and I were so concerned with his ability to be mobile that we even went to physical therapy for a few months. We were worried that he would be “late” with other developmental milestones but to our surprise, Potty Training was not one of them!

I remember sending my husband out to buy a pack of diapers soon after Braxton’s 2nd birthday and instead he came back with a pack of 1y-2y underwear covered in trucks and cars!  Needless to say, it was about to go down in the Coney Castle. Our new walking terrible two-er caught on fairly quickly.

Braxton is now four years old and still does a superb job with using the bathroom... but there is one problem. Every time he has to go, he runs around in circles while holding himself and won’t say anything until I ask him, “Braxton, what’s wrong? Do you have to go to the bathroom?!”  Panicky and anxious he responds, “Yes Mommy! I have to use it! Can I go to the bathroom?!”

This then turns into me picking him up and dashing to the nearest bathroom, ultimately looking like my soror, Olympic Gold Medalist Mary Wineberg running in the 2008 Beijing Olympic race... ok, maybe not that fast. But it’s pretty close! While Braxton is “relieving himself” I remind him that he doesn’t need permission to use something that he already has access to. Just GO!

Then God said, “Let us make human begins in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.
— Genesis 1:26 NLT

And just like Braxton, it’s time for you to stop wasting your time waiting for someone to give you permission to do something that you already have access to. When God created man, He gave man authority to have dominion over everything on earth. (Genesis 1:26) Now go make your own decisions, take risks and be amazing. Stop running around in circles like my four year old son anxiously holding onto your dreams and visions.  You have dreams to fulfill and a life to live. Do it now!!

God granted you permission when He created you.