"Get out of here! This is my house!"

Insights on self-government

A little boy found a playhouse in a park and was enjoying it when suddenly another child, bigger and older, tried to enter. With this, the little fellow hollered: "Get out of here! This is my house!" Although it might seem he was being selfish, there's a lesson in his vehement defense of his domain.

The words domain and dominion are both used to describe mental states as well as physical realms or conditions. And they both derive from the same Latin origin, meaning "house." Most of us would be as ready as that child to defend our place of residence against invasion, but are we as alert and vehement in preventing unwelcome influences from entering our mental domain, our consciousness?

Whose Church is it?
February 16, 1998

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