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by | Jul 31, 2020 | connect.faith, founders blog

That’s My Toy
By Steve Fisher

That’s my toy you can’t have it
That’s my ball you can look, but you can’t play
This is my candy and I’m not gonna share any of it
If you know what’s good for you, you’ll stay out of my way

That’s my bike, you can’t ride it
That’s my chair, you can’t sit there
That’s my dog, you can’t pet him
Oh go tell your mama, see if I care

These are my friends, we don’t like you
This is our clubhouse, and it’s our playground
If you talk to us we won’t listen
We don’t like you hangin’ around

That’s my parking place, I was here first
This is my place in line, you can’t cut in
That’s my woman, keep your eyes off of her
This is my land, stay on your side of the fence

This is our country, we don’t want you here
This is our land, we mean to keep it for our own
This is our freedom, we don’t want to share it
You can pack your dreams, you can go back home

This is my God, you don’t know Him
He’s saving a place up in heaven just for me
You won’t go there, my Bible tells me
You’re not invited, just wait and see

That’s my toy you can’t have it
That’s my ball you can look, but you can’t play
This is my candy and I’m not gonna share any of it
If you know what’s good for you, you’ll stay out of my way

Our Friend David Lamotte covered this song:

I recently came across a song by Steve Fisher that has stuck with me. It’s called, “That’s My Toy”.

I found these lyrics striking.  What starts out as, “OK, we’ve all done that” ends with a stark pronouncement of where that behavior may lead.  But what if we listen to different voices?

Instead of I’m not gonna share, how about: It’s fun to share – kindergarten wisdom

Instead of These are my friends, we don’t like you, why not “Won’t you be my neighbor?” – Mr. Rogers

We don’t like you hangin’ around could be: “Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered . . . just one kind word to another person.” – Fred Rogers

This is my land, stay on your side of the fence could be: “No matter who you vote for, your skin color, where you are from, your faith or who you love, we will try to be here for you. That’s what community means.  Let’s be neighbors.” David Lamotte“

This is our country, we don’t want you here, sounds better as:

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door. – Lady Liberty/Emma Lazarus

This is our freedom, we don’t want to share it, “I’m for truth, no matter who tells it.  I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against.  I’m a human being first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” – Malcolm X

This is my God, you don’t know Him – Conduct yourself with peace and non-violence.  It is the absence of anger and malice, and the presence of compassion and forgiveness that will bind people into unity – Basic tenet of  Judaism, Christianity, Islam & Buddhism

How much better would the world be if we eliminated the negativity and selfishness and strove toward peace and justice?

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; … to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves, and with all nations. – Abraham Lincoln

Steve Berg

Steve is a construction manager who enjoys creative writing, and living a life of faith.

1 Comment

  1. Laurie

    Powerful words and thoughts to live by. Thanks for sharing them

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