This Is My Life!

It's mine, mine, mine...all mine!
It's mine, mine, mine...all mine!
"My Life" was first heard on 52nd Street.
"My Life" was first heard on 52nd Street.

Me & Mine

Watching out for Number One is an all-time favorite national past time. We do it with an addictive ease.

Billy Joel captured the essence of this compulsion with a song appropriately entitled My Life: “I don't care what you say anymore, this is my life! Go ahead with your own life and leave me alone.”

The complexities of the human heart are myriad, but one thing is certain; it is bent toward selfishness.

We zero in on me and mine so automatically that we don’t even recognize its negative impact on our relationships.

We can turn Daffy Duck’s greedy me, me, me, mine, mine, mine into a mantra wired with sacred overtones.

The glorification of individuality has reached an apex in our culture, yet we think nothing of its excesses.

This is my life! On a daily basis we are assaulted by advertisements and marketing strategies contrived to appeal to the latent me and mine compulsion within each of us.

Our friends and coworkers talk with an animated determination about deserving this illicit relationship or that luxury simply because this is my life! Go ahead with your own life and leave me alone.

The statistics are frightening: Marriages unravel, causing a profusion of broken lives and disenfranchised children, and all too often, the catalyst is self-absorbed adults insisting on personal autonomy and happiness above all else. With the tones of me, me, me, mine, mine, mine ringing from the bell towers, we have produced a population that routinely discards relationships by the side of the road like so much garbage to be carted away on trash day.

Regardless of cost, me and mine must be satisfied to find fulfillment. The incessant call urging us to indulge every whim that arises is so ingrained in the woof and weave of our culture as to be virtually respectable.

Personal responsibility is an echo from a bygone era. Working things through to resolution is an entirely foreign concept. Words that touch on issues of accountability are forgotten remnants confined to the realm of irrelevancy.

Our society celebrates me and mine with gleeful abandon. Unless we are extremely vigilant self-centered attitudes will creep in and take root in our lives.

From the earliest age we accumulate possessions & fiercely cling to them.
From the earliest age we accumulate possessions & fiercely cling to them.

Payment & Redemption

This is my life! There is certain fallacy in that statement. Yes, it reflects what we esteem nowadays, but it is premised on a lie. No one owns his or her life.

We are indebted to our Creator for life itself; we are indebted to our Creator for everything. Everything comes from God; everything belongs to God. Obviously the human race has a blockhead quality because those truths remain largely unlearned. 

We seem to think that God has some conniving scheme or grand design on our riches, so we cling to them with clenched fists. We chase after our wants with a single-minded focus that leaves wrecked lives and lost dreams in our wake.

The me and mine viewpoint distorts reality and distances us from our heavenly Father. We pursue our every passion hoping to find pleasure and satisfaction, only to discover the elusive nature of our pursuit. No one will ever find meaningful joy or contentment estranged from their Creator.

Our lives belong to God for he created each of us, and then paid for our redemption by stepping out of eternity into time; he experienced life as a lowly peasant and itinerant rabbi from Nazareth.

When Jesus of Nazareth’s grace-soaked theology offended the guardians of religious purity, he was tortured and killed on a Roman cross. His sacrificial death atoned for our sin and was full payment for our eternal souls; we have been bought at an excruciating price.

"The earth is the LORD's and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters."
"The earth is the LORD's and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters."

Everlasting To Everlasting

Contrary to our delusional mindset, God has no interest whatsoever in all the possessions we have accumulated that we believe belong to us. Why would he?

God already owns everything. Scripture tells us that what God desires is our heart, for where our heart is engaged there our treasure will be also. When God has our heart, all the things we cherish will be wrapped up in the plans, purposes and will of God for our lives.

This is my life! No, not exactly; our lives are not our own. In the throes of divine inspiration a king in ancient Israel wrote: “What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.”

From everlasting to everlasting God is God; this is his world and we exist as a result of his love. Our lives take on more and more significance as that truth increases in strength, while me and mine becomes a puny ninety pound weakling.

As Captain Jean-Luc Picard was wont to say: “Make it so.”

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Brenda Durham 7 years ago

Amen.


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PinanShodan 7 years ago

Hi Ken,

Thank You, Thank You. For years it was Poor Me Poor Me Poor Me Poor Me Pour Me Another Drink. Now 21 years later in recovery of Alcoholism and other addictions it is no longer Poor ME, but it is What can I attribute to life on a daily basis to help another individual and help them to learn how the love of God and Christ is the best medicine for the poor me's. Not what I want but What does God want? THY WILL NOT MINE BE DONE!


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Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

PinanShodan - Thank you for your powerful testimony. Blessings & encouragement to you.


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skye2day 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Amen Ken, This hub is awesome. Wake Up Call. I know I can be full of me, self, and I. I am gratefful to say I choose not to stay there for long. Dangerous neighborhood to travel. Life is about serving, loving, caring, and sharing. Abundant Life from Jesus can not be taken away unless we hand it over. Possessions do not fix us. Jesus is the way truth and Life. Thank you for writing a very inspiring hub.

I wrote a new hub 'redeemer' check it out when you have a spare moment. Hugs

I love the pix of the little girl. Way big thumbs up! That was me.


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Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

skye2day - Thank you for your affirming & encouraging words. You are so right about it be a "dangerous neighborhood to travel." Blessings to you.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

This article is amazing, Ken. You are such a talented writer and deep thinker. This is not my life. God gave me this life. Everything I have I owe to Him. AMEN!


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Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

James - Thank you for your kind & generous words. They are very much appreciated.


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Foxxfire 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

Ken~ These are profound words. I agree with you completely.

This is not my life to live as I see fit. Life is a gift that all too many people take for granted. I spent much of my life trying to better myself by helping others. Unfortunately, I spent too much time helping others and not enough time caring for the life that God gave me. I had to learn to balance the two so that I could still take care of myself and my family. I still help others when I can but, I'm more selective in the process. I really enjoyed reading your hubs and will continue to read more.

Hugs, Erica


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Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Foxxfire - Thank you for stopping in & sharing your encouraging words. Very much appreciated.


Pachuca213 7 years ago

Very beautifully written and very true. I really enjoy the way you think!


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Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thank you, Pachuca213. Your encouraging words are much appreciated.

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