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Topic: Satisfied (10/11/04)

TITLE: The Mine Philosophy
By Rebekah Bentley
10/16/04

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"Mine, mine!" the two year-old cries, reaching her hand out for a toy. She plays for a few minutes before something else catches her eye - her older brother has picked up a book. Forsaking her coveted toy the toddler runs across the room, her chubby hands outstretched. "Mine," she says again, clamoring for the new object of her desire.

This trait so well known and observed in toddlers is one I am guilty of harboring in my own life. Perhaps you also hold onto The Mine Philosophy. You know the one of which I speak - the desire for bigger and better. The lust after those things we do not have. The hunger to obtain just such things as we see in magazines, books, movies, or even in the homes or lives of our friends and family. Anything that is not what we already possess.

Such dissatisfaction must indeed be grievous to our Lord. He who gave us everything He had must indeed cry when we find ourselves discontented with His wonderful blessings, begging for more like small children imploring for whatever toy is in the hands of another.

I have asked the Lord to change my heart, that I might be contented with where I am and what I have been given. I want to give new meaning to The Mine Philosophy. Instead of desiring for that which I do not have to be given over to me, I want to thank my Savior every day for those blessings I do have - those that are already mine by His grace and mercy.

As my first step towards a new definition of The Mine Philosophy in my life, I shall remove my chubby hands from your book and return to my toy. After all, that is already mine. :)


Member Comments
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Lucian Thompson10/19/04
Cute!
Dori Knight10/19/04
very good rebekah! we are an awful lot like toddlers, sometimes. blessings! dori
Glenda Lagerstedt10/19/04
Great article.
Dave Wagner10/20/04
Good words. Thanks for posting.
Rita Garcia10/20/04
Rebeka, Thanks for sharing an incredible message. Blessings,Rita
Phyllis Inniss 10/22/04
We have to ask God for contentment in order to achieve it. Blessings.
Mary Elder-Criss10/22/04
Nice reminder. We are often too guilty of the "Gimmee, gimmes," never content. Thanks for sharing.