What’s Mine is Mine

From early childhood, we tend to proclaim, “No, that’s mine!” Continuing through life on planet Earth, we may have different ways to express the basic phrase, but express it we do! “My shoes, my coat, my parents, my home, my school, my car, my church, my friend, my neighborhood, mine, mine, mine.” I wonder if that could be what Eve’s thoughts were after picking the fruit from the forbidden tree. Did she think: “This fruit is mine. Mine to keep or mine to share?” That is what appears to be much the same concept today. Keep or share? Now the question becomes what is truly mine, and only mine. This is not intended to be a trick question or a riddle. It came to me recently: my thoughts are truly mine and mine alone, unless I choose to speak them. When my thoughts become words, they are no longer just mine.

So how important is that? Well, thoughts put into words may be loving and kind or they may be demeaning and negative. For today, consider thinking on these things …

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

(Philippians 4:8)

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:”

(Psalms 139:23)

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