Finders, Keepers!
by PamFord Davis

Children frequently "stake their claim" on something they find. With a sound of triumph, declaring their rights they sing out, "Finders keepers, losers' weepers!" Their thoughts are that the real owner had their chance and lost it!

As adults we understand that is a very childish and selfish attitude. Yet, I think deep inside we each want to gain things, and to hold on tightly to what we already have. Do you store things away, hoard, just in case of "a rainy day?" Most Americans have more than we really need.

Raised in the "snow belt," of central NY State, my mother developed a habit of stocking up on items. When you are aware that you may be snowed in during a blizzard, you want to be prepared. Preparation is a wise path to follow; yet years later my parents relocated to South Texas away from the snow; but she continued to store things away. Maybe she just shifted gears from blizzards to tornadoes or hurricanes! Her extra bedroom became a supply room of items she just might need. I have an idea that "Sam's Club" may have got a start that way!

Jesus gave us a warning about placing our trust and security in possessions.
(Luke 12:15-21) In a parable He shared an illustration of a farmer who hoarded his crops. He believed he could rest securely in the surplus he accumulated. God called the farmer a fool, saying he would die that very night! Who would get his crops then? Selfishness and pride were at the bottom of his stock piles. We can only be truly rich in our relationship with God.

Did you pay attention to the ending statement of the simple children's song? Listen again: "Finders keepers, losers' weepers!" Don't lose a generous heart!

Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, With God Daily, Mary Hollingsworth's The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter.

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