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June 23, 2008

Yours & Mine

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 8:02 am

The Grasshopper delivered a saying this morning that I am musing on as I write this blog. He said,

“It’s mine to give, not yours to take.”

There are so many surface applications that apply to this idea but I’m searching for the deeper significance.

Superficially, it could be about my wheelbarrow that I graciously let my neighbor use, or grumble if he uses it without asking. That supposes that I have a wheelbarrow. Those that know me just laughed.

It could be about an intangible like generosity, compassion, kindness, etc.

I’m beginning to see that the phrase is about something that cannot be taken away. I believe it’s about peace.

We find this peace aptly illustrated by John 14:27:

May peace be with you; my peace I give to you: I give it not as the world gives. Let not your heart be troubled; let it be without fear.”

Me quoting the Bible – again people who know me just laughed.

The peace of the pond is not always reflected on the surface. It’s always, however, at the deepest levels. Dueling swans cannot disturb the deep peace of the pond. They cannot take it away.

Our deepest part is not disturbed by surface situations and will not allow its peace to be taken away. The corollary is just as accurate: It will bestow it to you at will.

The peace you seek is not on the surface. That’s just a reflection of the peace beneath. To give your peace, you have to be in touch with it, otherwise it’s just a nice Bible quote that lets you talk about it but not experience it.

To find your peace, you have to quiet your mind. The mind is always the sentry standing guard at the entrance to peace. There are so many ways to get mentally quiet. Find the one that works best for you.

In this quiet space, you will be bathed in peace. With each visit to these depths, you bring more of it back with you to the surface. That means that things that are currently stealing your surface peace will have less and less opportunity with each passing day. This happens when you discover that all parts of the pond are connected. This means you can access its deepest gifts and allow them to flow through you at a moment’s notice.

No one can take true peace away. And there is so much of it to give because everyone has an inexhaustible supply.

Find your peace today and you will realize, first hand, that you have something to give that nobody can take away.

All the best,



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