Me, My, Mine

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Homeschoolers use a variety of tools to teach their children vocabulary, but I doubt that the words “me, my, and mine” are included in many of them. “Me, my, and mine” haven’t been far behind “Mama” and “Daddy” in the vocabulary development of the children I have been close to.

I recently walked past a van covered with a vehicle advertising wrap. Its advertising slogan had six words. Three of those words were “my.” I left thinking about how well that slogan summed up our society. “Let me do exactly what I want to do exactly the way I want to do it!” is the mantra all around us.

I also left thinking about the real owner of all this stuff and all these selves that folks want so desperately to believe — and shout — belong to them. God is the real owner of the stuff and us. Psalm 104  makes that clear.

O Lord, how many are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all;
The earth is full of Your possessions.
Psalm 104:24

Hector Falls, Finger Lakes Region, New York, 2017

Psalm 24 also makes it clear that He owns us, too.

The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains,
The world, and those who dwell in it.
Psalm 24:1

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 2014

Every wise person knows that with ownership comes responsibility. The truly wise are grateful that God is the real owner of every person, because along with His ownership, He has taken full responsibility. All we have to do is wait. The waiting gives us strength for our days and weeks and years.

Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.
He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.
Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
Isaiah 40:28-30



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