Yesterday I was walking in our kitchen and I accidently tripped on a little area rug and in doing so flipped up a corner of that rug. My two year old son Henry got down on his hands and knees and began to straighten the rug and said very indignantly, “Daddy you’re messing up MY house.” In a similar vein over the years at different times I’ve reached over at a fast food restuarant and grabbed some fries from one of my children only to have them get upset with me for taking some of THEIR fries (for the record these are fries I purchased). In each of these instances I am the human owner and they are the moucher, squatter or the nice version–child of mine who benefits from my generosity. I, like my children, need to remember that “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.'” (Psalms 24:1). Sometimes because I pay a mortgage I think the house I live in is mine. Sometimes I start to get possessive of these children that I have the priviledge of raising that God gave me. Sometimes I forget that the money in my bank accounts and mutual funds is God’s and I am merely His steward. Today I encourage you to settle the ownership issue when it comes to material possessions, even your own body. If you settle the ownership issue, if you sign over the deed to your life; things will be different–I guarantee it.
Under His Mercy,
Derek Dickinson, Minister