Prized Possession Defined

Alan Smyth —  May 22, 2016 — 5 Comments

I recently had a great conversation with a friend regarding the title of our book, “Prized Possession.” Without yet reading the book, he offered that the title “rubbed him the wrong way.” He went on to describe how he sees his daughter as much more than a “thing” ie. A “possession.” To which I said “ABSOLUTLY.” I happened to have a copy of the book handy and I directed him to a few key parts in the book which I will now direct you to.



From an opening page of the book:

“Prized Possession” from the Bible

“And we, out of all creation, became His prized possession”

James 1:18b, NLT

Prized Possession from the Dictionary:

 “The biggest thing in your life, the one thing you couldn’t imagine your life without”

“Something you care for deeply above all else”

“It could be anything you cherish close to your own heart and can be worth millions or worth nothing to someone else”

Excerpt from Chapter 2

When I think of the word “possession,” I do not think of it as an inappropriate, overbearing, “possessive” ownership that isn’t healthy. Rather, I think of possession in a loving, protective way that defines my place and role in Brittany’s life, and hers in mine. “Prized Possession” is one that I hold above all else and cherish with all of my heart. It’s a treasure with deep, intrinsic value. After all, Brittany is “mine,” because God saw fit to entrust her to me as her dad. She is my responsibility and my daughter, and I would defend and protect her to the death.

Excerpt from Chapter 8 (written by my daughter)

“What are you?”

“Prized Possession!”


“Don’t you forget it!”

When I consider the woman I am today, I realize that this small conversation played an integral part in shaping me into the person I am right now. These four lines represent a life-long conversation that has taken place between my dad and me. I never realized how powerful these words were or how lucky I was to hear them on a regular basis. My dad began this conversation before I could speak in complete sentences or comprehend what meaning it carried. These words were some of the first words added to my lexicon. To this day, there is only one answer when my dad asks the simple question, “What are you?” Without any hesitation I reply, “Prized possession.” “And…” “Don’t you forget it!” It’s second nature. It’s who I am. It’s who I will always be.

My friend came back to me, gave me a hug and said, “I get it.”

I wanted to relay this experience in case any of you had the same question. Obviously the book goes into much more explanation, but this should get you started.

I’d love to know what you thought about the book after you’ve had a chance to read it. Praying it makes a difference for many. Could be a great “Fathers’s Day” gift.


Bless you

Alan Smyth

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I have been married to Sharon for 35 years. We have two kids, Brittany (31) and Trevor (26) I am the Executive Director for Saving Innocence. I have a passion for my family and have learned a few things along the way.

5 responses to Prized Possession Defined

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  2. Sorry to go about this Alan but it bothers me that you wrote this book that teaches it’s a fathers duty to only love his daughter. That he should only be concerned with her physical, spiritual well being while ignoring his son’s. That a father’s relationship with his son does not matter because a father can never or should never live his son as much as his daughter. That daughter’s are the dads only prized possession and their son is nothing in his eyes. And somehow God approves of this blatant favoritism because He too loves women more than me. You elevate daughters while basically saying sons are nothing but dogs to be kicked to the side.

    • Paul – Well I am certainly glad you are following this blog….. but I must say that you could not be more wrong in my perspective on so many things. I’m guessing you haven’t read the book either. This blog and that book are focussed on Dad’s who have daughters. I also have extensive input on Dad’s who have sons. I’d love to share with you all about how I raised my son and how I built into him and valued him. He is getting married in three weeks to a wonderful woman and I couldn’t not be more proud of him and the value he received from me growing up…..

  3. Dear Sir, thank you so much for explaining prize possession…A few weeks ago God spoke to and told me I was His Prize Possesion. I felt very special, but I really didn’t know what it really entailed..Now I have better understanding of what God was really saying…I didn’t even know it was biblical. Before I read this I had just question God what does prized possession mean because I heard Him say it again while I was praying.. you could not have said it any better! May God Truly Bless You and Yours.. THANKS AGAIN

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