Words from the Heart for Saturday January 18th, 2020

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Exodus 20:17 (NIV)

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No Coveting

According to the New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, the word boneyize is an old Canadian slang word from the 1940s that means to lay claim to something. Kids back then used it to mean “first dibs.” The person who first stated “I boneyize that” gained rights of possession. On the prairies, it has been reported as an expression of covetousness. It was used commonly, primarily in Western Canada, until the 1990s. No one really knows the origin of the word.

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Take time sometime to critically look at the commercials and ads that you see online or on TV every day. Most of them want you to feel like your life is not complete without whatever it is they are offering. How have you lived this long without whatever it is that they have and you don’t? These ads work because at the heart of men and women is a longing to have what we don’t have. This is really the heart of what led to the original sin. God told Adam and Eve they could eat of anything in the Garden of Eden, except one. And that was the one thing they longed for. So much so that we are all paying the price for their sin. It’s no wonder that God gives this detailed command in Exodus 20:17: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” In other words, enjoy what we have and be content with it. That will help us overcome any temptation to covet.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley