The Most Important Thing I Learned about “Mine”

There is nothing more personal or precious than being called someone's "mine." We all crave that kind of close connection. Who calls you "mine."

When our grandson, Joshua, was learning to talk, like all little ones, he started assigning names to the special people in his life.

He had his Momma, Nana, and Granddaddy. His Gram and Grandpa Rev.

But when it came to his father, he didn’t use the typical dad or daddy. He didn’t call him pops or papa.

He simply called him, “mine.”

We’d go around the room asking him, who’s this person or that person. Everyone had been assigned a name until he got to our son. He was…

“Mine!”

I absolutely love it!!

Children start using “my” in conversation, early in life. It’s the word that identifies the things we care about and the people in our “tribe.”

My mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, best friend, and even my favorite toy. Then we move on to my boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancé, husband, wife, son, and daughter.

There is nothing more personal or precious than being called someone’s “mine.”

We all crave that kind of close connection.

But things don’t always go the way we want . . .

  • Someone you love doesn’t love you anymore and no longer calls you “mine.”
  • You’ve prayed to have a spouse or a child to call “mine,” and the waiting is getting long.
  • Your best friend betrayed you and “mine” doesn’t seem to fit anymore.
  • Your spouse cheated on you and betrayed the “mine” preciousness of your love.

It hurts! The betrayal of “mine” is one life’s most painful.

There is nothing more personal or precious than being called someone's "mine." We all crave that kind of close connection. Who calls you "mine."But it’s possible that intimate pain is intended to teach us a very important lesson.

Our relationships with people don’t always work out the way we’d like. As much as you and I want someone or several someones to complete us and perfectly fill the hole in our hearts. No one can fill that space God created to fill with His love.

The Father calls you “mine!”

Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1

Jesus made you “mine.”

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28

 “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and He is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.” John 10:28–29

Jesus calls you “mine.”

All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and His angels that they are mine. Revelation 3:5

Jesus came to earth, lived, suffered, died, and rose again to make you and me His own. And what does He ask from us?

Our love.

Love that follows Him with trust.

That’s it!

So…

No matter who you are…

God calls you “mine.”

No matter where you live or what you have…

God calls you “mine.”

No matter what you’ve done…

God calls you “mine.”

No matter what has been done to you…

God calls you “mine.”

And all we can do in response is to offer Him humble thanks, praise, and trust-filled love.

My “signature verse” is…

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 (NIV)

I turn to these words when life was hard or someone disappoints me down.

Look at a few other translations:

Maybe my mind and body will become weak, but God is my source of strength. He is mine forever! (ERV)

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever. (NLT)

My body and my heart may grow weak, but God is the strength of my heart and all I need forever. (NLV)

There is nothing more personal or precious than being called someone's "mine." We all crave that kind of close connection. Who calls you "mine."

What a relationship our Father wants with us. So much, He gave Himself to make us His own. And then, He invites us to call Him ours.

He calls you His own. He loves you that much.

You are chosen, dearly loved and precious to Him.

God has chosen you and made you His holy people. He loves you. So you should always clothe yourselves with mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colossians 3:12

I love how Henri Nouwen says it…

“God’s love for us is everlasting. That means that God’s love for us existed before we were born and will exist after we have died. It is an eternal love in which we are embraced. Living a spiritual life calls us to claim that eternal love for ourselves so that we can live our temporal loves – for parents, brothers, sisters, teachers, friends, spouses, and all people who become part of our lives – as reflections or refractions of God’s eternal love. No fathers or mothers can love their children perfectly. No husbands or wives can love each other with unlimited love. There is no human love that is not broken somewhere.

When our broken love is the only love we can have, we are easily thrown into despair, but when we can live our broken love as a partial reflection of God’s perfect, unconditional love, we can forgive one another our limitations and enjoy together the love we have to offer.” 

Having “my”relationships . . . like my spouse, my child, my parent, my friend, my__________. Each one a gift from God and an opportunity for His love to be reflected in and through us.

I pray you have many people in your life that you think of as “mine.”

But always remember they are just a reflection of the ONE relationship that surpasses them all. The one which says…

No matter who you are, what you have, what you’ve done, whom you’ve hurt, or who has hurt you . . . You are precious to God. He calls you “mine” and invites you to trust and reflect His love.

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