mine.

Growing up, most of us learn the concept of “mine” as belonging to me—it is your blanket, your toy, your ipod, your car. You are taught that you should share these things. Sharing is good, though not a necessity. Ultimately though at the end of the day whatever was yours still is. For if you did indeed choose to share it, it then returns with you, to your room, at your house.  

After working for two full days, I can already see the very different concept of “mine” here. Among children that live in community—together all the time—there really isn’t much that is truly “theirs”. Even the toys that may be “his” or “hers” are held under such an expectation of sharing that the toys lose the his and hers labels. Mine takes on a momentary meaning. When someone yells that Es mio! it is said under the concept of “mine” that it is theirs to play with for that short time period either until another child takes it away or until it is taken away.

I took out a new box of colored pencils. They belonged to no one. Yet it was a constant battle to have them just for a moment whether with the kids that actually wanted to color a picture or the others just to be able for a moment to call something new theirs. We teach them though to share. It would not be difficult for me to buy another box. For though that might solve the problem at hand, there is the concept of sharing that must be learned not only for today but for tomorrow. However, this idea takes work. Its not easy. But if we miss it when we are 5 or 6 or 7—if we miss it, as most of us do, as most of us did, then we have to go back and relearn it.

Now, as I think on the idea of “mine”—the idea of subjecting it all to a higher authority, and allowing Him to determine when we will or will not get to play with the toy, I realize the greater truth in it. God is in control. And though we have free will to do and say as we please, I am often asked to share. I am asked to share my money, my time, and essentially, all of my life—ultimately I am asked—called to surrender it all to follow Him.

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