The Only Thing That Is Mine

One of the first words children learn is "mine." But is anything really "mine"? I am entrusted with much, but only one thing is truly--mine.
One of the first words little children learn is the word mine. It’s not just the word either. They learn all the emotion that goes behind it.


But as believers we are taught that we don’t own anything. The psalmist tells us  that God owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and every other animal, as well. God owns everything (Psalm 24:1; Psalm 50:10-12)! The things that we think belong to us, really don’t. They are on-loan. Everything in our “possession” is entrusted to us–including our children. We are stewards who want to be found faithful at the end of the day (Matthew 25:21).

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Even I am not my own. Paul reminds the Corinthian church that each of us was bought with a high price (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Peter explains more fully that we were bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:19-20).

However, there is one thing that is ours alone.

Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand …Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth.

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. (Psalm 73:23-26) [Emphasis added.]

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught us that our greatest treasures should be in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21). What He meant by that is that He should be our greatest treasure.

Who or What Will I Have?

It’s a difficult concept for children to learn. Not that easy for adults, either. Two of my “children” graduate from high school in a few short weeks, and they are breaking down the doors between dependence and independence. My third one is not far behind. Currently, my many volunteer hours revolve around them. It won’t be like that for much longer. This season of parenting is almost over. I have to ask myself, When my kids are gone, who will I have?

Or course, Lord willing, I’ll have my husband. But life changes. In an instant, even he could be gone. Then, Who will I have? Like grass that whithers under the sun (Isaiah 40:8), so is all our stuff. It, too, can be gone in a moment. Then, What will we have?

Although God may seem to be an intangible force, He is completely real. And when we give our lives to Him, He gives His to us. Our relationship with Him is like that of a husband and wife, who give themselves to each other–and only one another. It is private, protected, and precious (Song of Songs 6:3). It is a fulfilling, satisfying relationship (John 10:10).

Nothing and no one can take us away from our Heavenly Father (John 10:28-29). The beautiful thing is this: As we belong to Him, He belongs to us! He is ours, forever!

Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.
You guard all that is mine. (Psalm 16:5)

We Are Not Alone

As an added blessing, we gain a new family. We are not alone.

I want my practically grown kids to understand this principle, too. As young adults “looking” for Mr. or Ms. Right, they need to know that, even if it seems all their friends are marrying, they belong to God and He belongs to them. They have a private, protected, and precious relationship with their God that is theirs and theirs alone. They also have the blessing of the family of faith. Although they may go through periods of feeling lonely, they are not. We are not.

As I move into the next phase of parenting, I’m learning to hold loosely those who are entrusted to me. As my kids shift into independent adulthood, my purpose and role as a mom will shift as well. Thankfully it’s as much a process for me as it is for them.

The lessons I taught my young children are coming full-circle for me to learn in new ways.


There is but One thing–the Lord Jesus. Is He yours?



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14 replies

  1. Dianne, I miss you linking up over at the Survivor Group on FB. I do enjoy watching your posts about your teens!!!

  2. Hi there, Dianne. I can so relate to you, friend! My young man turns 20 in June. It will be the first time he has a birthday without us! And this summer he won’t come home, so he can stay in America and work. Learn responsibility. 🙂 My daughter graduates high school in May. I do enjoy this stage though, but yes, it is a slow letting go.
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  3. Dianne, this is a powerful message! We are bought we a price,…we don’t own ourselves. We are meant to live with this understanding that we are Christ’s.
    And Psalm 16:5 AMEN!
    He is our portion in the land of the living.
    This is freeing knowing the Lord we care for us as His own because He is best at doing so.
    Many Blessing s to you…
    I think this is the Best devotional I have read all week!
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  4. Dianne, We are in the same season of life. I’m sending my two out the door and into the world as well. This was our first year of college for the oldest. It’s been full of many emotions. I found this post so comforting and helpful. Thank you for sharing. Yes, He is Mine and I am His! I’m jotting down the verses you shared today. Thank you!!!!

    • So glad this encouraged you, Leslie. It’s always nice to find others who are treading carefully as we launch our grown kids! Blessings on you this weekend!

  5. It is definitely easy to claim that our stuff as “mine.” But you’re right; it all came from God and to him it all belongs! May I be conscious today of passing along the blessings that he has passed along to me.
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    • Yes, Lisa … and our treasure is God … let’s share Him with others together, so they can have something that truly is theirs, too! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Yes, Jesus is mine… and you’re right, I am His! What an amazing, joy-filled fact! May Jesus bless your ministry and get this good news out to the many hurting souls that need it!

  7. That’s true. Nothing belongs to us forever. We have to learn to let go. What is always ours is our consciousness, which is part of the whole that is God.
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    • Yes, Leo. When we know God and trust Him with our lives, He comes to dwell within us. The more we get to know Him, the more our thoughts become like His thoughts. Like the marriage relationship, our God is “ours forever.” Thanks for taking time to read and comment! Blessings on your day!

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