What if God Asked You to Give Away Your Favorite Toy?

When you were a child, did you have a favorite toy? Was there one that meant more to you than others? Maybe it meant more because a special relative had given it to you. Perhaps the toy meant more because of the memories associated with it. Or maybe it meant more because you had purchased it with your own money.

For whatever reason, it became your favorite, one that would be difficult to give away even if God asked.

For me, it was baseball cards.

The Gift I Gave

I know, technically, baseball cards are not toys — unless you have a dynamic imagination that can play with them as if they were. Imagination was one thing I had in spades. That and over 600 baseball cards.

But there came a day when I gave the entire card collection away.

I was in my early teenage years, as I recall. I remember my mother, knowing how much the cards meant to me, asking, “Are you sure?” I was. The younger boy I gave them too had gone through a divorce in his family. He was struggling. But part of me was also maturing to a place where playing with baseball cards just weren’t that important anymore. Not when computers and other cool stuff were waiting.

As I watched the short but moving film “First” from Rhemedia’s Living Generously series, I began to ask myself the question, did I really give away my best or had those well-worn baseball cards become “dirty sheep” that I was only far too eager to let go?

Take a few minutes now to watch the seven-minute story of how one young boy — and his wealthy father — responded differently when God prompted them to give of their best:

Makes you think doesn’t it?

So Why Did I Give?

The film above moved me to recall the words of David when given a chance to make a public offering of someone else’s stuff. He said, “I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God that cost me nothing.” (2 Sam. 24:24) No cost, apparently, equals no genuine sacrifice.

So if it didn’t hurt — at least a little — did my gift come from a generous heart or had I just been hoping that it looked that way?

As I reflected on David’s words and that gift I gave so long ago, I started thinking about how I would respond now if God asked me to give away one of my favorite toys?

No, I don’t play with baseball cards or action figures anymore. Not even video games make the cut.  I seldom even have time for golf. But what would I be hesitant to give? My money? My time? A hobby? Ministry efforts? Items on my bucket list?

What would make me balk if God asked me to give it away for His Kingdom purposes?

What might be your favorite toy and how would you respond if God asked you to give it away? Share your thoughts or your own childhood story below.

About Bill Blankschaen

Bill Blankschaen is a writer, author, and communicator who empowers people to live a story worth telling. As the founder of FaithWalkers, he equips Christians to think, live, and lead with abundant faith.

His next book entitled Live a Story Worth Telling: A FaithWalker's Guide is scheduled for release in May 2015 from Abingdon Press. His writing has been featured with Michael Hyatt, Ron Edmondson, Skip Prichard, Jeff Goins, Blueprint for Life, Catalyst Leaders, Faith Village, and many others who shall remain nameless.

Bill is a blessed husband and the father of six children with an extensive background in education and organizational leadership. He serves as VP of Content & Operations for Polymath Innovations in partnership with Patheos Labs. He is the Junior Scholar of Cultural Theology and Director of Development for the Center for Cultural Leadership. He works with a variety of ministries including Equip Leadership (founded by John C. Maxwell) when he's not visiting his second home -- Walt Disney World.


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