“Sweetheart, can you please lend me one of your hair brushes?” I heard Lade ask her youngest Sister, Tope.
     “No!” Tope firmly replied, placing the three-set brush in her dresser drawer. Thoughts of similar events flashed through my mind. Tope was known to have a strong sense of ownership every time she received a new gift. She would treasure it above all of her other possessions. Anyone who attempted to take this new item away, even temporarily, within those first few hours would be met with a resounding “No.”
     “Can I use your new bag?”
     “I see you’ve got two new shirts, will you be so kind as to give me one?”

That was the usual scenario at those times when a new item arrived. Sadly, two days after the initial excitement died down, when the euphoria wore out, the one prized possession would be found in the most absurd places – abandoned behind the dressing mirror, underneath the bed, among piles of old books.

I smiled at my thoughts and turned to Lade, “Don’t worry, come back and ask her in two days: she will gladly give it to you. That’s if she knows where she put it in the first place.” We both laughed and Tope nodded in agreement.

I kept giggling as I walked out their room and headed home. My mind remained on the earlier conversation and then took a different turn. I was suddenly grateful that God didn’t have a temporary sense of ownership.

He holds everyone dear to his heart without ever casting him or her away when the euphoria of his or her salvation wears out. He cares about everyone that belongs to him. His ears are continually attentive to their calls.

He longs to reach out to those sitting in pain and depression, those struggling with sin or betrayal. He will bring you out, to love you and make you his most prized possession.
There’s only one thing required of you:
4 ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.” Exodus 19:4-6 New International Version (NIV)
Obey God’s voice speaking to your heart today and become his most prized possession on earth.

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