Rachel's New Doctor
5 weeks ago
And all the time the joke is that the word "mine" in its fully possessive sense cannot be uttered by a human being about anything. In the long run either Our Father or the Enemy will say "mine" of each thing that exists, and specially of each man. They will find out in the end, never fear, to whom their time, their souls, and their bodies really belong -- certainly not to them, whatever happens.I know that I am guilty of feeling like things, especially time, belong to me. I get upset when someone, usually one of my children, wastes my time with frivolous requests. I need to remember to treat this time as a gift from God, one that He wants me to use for His Kingdom not my desires. When my children ask me to read them a book, listen to a story, or play a game, it is as if the request comes from Him since that is the job He has give me right now. Oh, how I need this reminder daily!
In civilised life domestic hatred usually expresses itself by saying things which would appear quite harmless on paper (the words are not offensive) but in such a voice, or at such a moment, that they are not far short of a blow in the face. To keep this game up you and Glubose [the devil assigned to the "patient's" mother] must see to it that each of these two fools has a sort of double standard. Your patient must demand that all his own utterances are to be taken at their face value and judged simply on the actual words, while at the same time judging all his mother's utterances with the fullest and most oversensitive interpretation of the tone and the context and the suspected intention. She must be encouraged to do the same to him. Hence from every quarrel they can both go away convinced, or very nearly convinced, that they are quite innocent. You know the kind of thing: "I simply ask her what time dinner will be and she flies into a temper." Once this habit is well established you have the delightful situation of a human saying things with the express purpose of offending and yet having a grievance when offence is taken.Have you ever had a fight or "discussion" like this one? I know that I have with John, where he said something that I immediately took offense at, even though he didn't mean it that way. Reading this passage reminds me to be careful even with little comments because the little things can turn into big ones. May we turn this passage around and strive to take the other's words at face value while judging our own tones and contexts.