But I've been thinking about that game lately. It's a fine game to teach entrepreneurship! However, a different game has captivated my thoughts lately. I call it "Finders givers."
In this game, anything "found" - whether in a couch, or an unexpected windfall (small or large), or on the ground - becomes a chance to give. Assuming the rightful owner can't be located, what is received becomes a blessing to pass on to others. The presumption would be that it wasn't given to the recipient to keep, but to pass on. A generation of kids raised on this game would never think about keeping a wallet found on the ground or a $100 bill in the couch - and "Possession is 9/10 of the law" would be a foreign concept.
Sounds like the biblical principle of blessed to be a blessing, doesn't it? Yet when couched in terms of a common children's game, we see how different it is to our cultural norms. We think "it came into my hands; therefore, it's mine." But Scripture says, "it came into my hands; therefore, God wants me to do something with it."
Of course 100% of what we have belongs to God, and we should hold even our basic needs loosely. If a hungry person shows up we should share what we have even if it is meager. But what if we learned to look at anything extra, unexpected, bonus - with the perspective of "finders givers"? What if we assume that we are to pass on that bonus check, that gift card to Olive Garden, that second crockpot? What if God had to convince us to keep it rather than talk us into passing it on?
The radical giving and radical love that would result could transform our homes, our workplaces, our society, maybe even our world. And I have a feeling that with hearts like that, we would have more blessings than we know what to do with - those to keep AND give away!
Blessed to be a blessing. It turns "finders keepers" upside down.
I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.” (2 Cor 8:1-15)