35 pennies (Copper Doubloons)
cigar box to put them in
a wooden leg
You guys are awesome. The idea of 35 pennies doubling as copper Doubloons is my favorite and two different people suggested that one. These were just a few of the things you came up with for our son’s birthday treasure hunt. Someone even suggested we plant some of these things ahead of time with our neighbors. Great idea.
The only problem is our birthday boy is onto us. He’s also an avid Catch reader and now he knows about it, and as I surmised, is coming up with lots of reasons why this might not be a good idea.
I can understand that. Who wants to go up to a perfect stranger with a list of silly stuff to fill … and going as adults no less. It’s humbling. It’s childish. It’s needy. It’s maybe a little desperate. My guess, however, is that all but the neighborhood curmudgeon would jump at the chance to join in the fun. Finally, something to break up the boring monotony of our daily routines. “Come check this out, dear. These people are on a treasure hunt!” I know I would rise to the occasion if they came to my door. I would want to see the list. “Oh, we have that, and that … oh, and that table leg in the garage would make a perfect peg leg! I’ll go get it!” I can even see people coming up with creative ways of solving these, like an extra hanging hook for potted plants. I’ve got at least four or five of those in the cellar.
Really, can you imagine anybody reacting any differently? People want to join in the fun; they just need a good excuse. Christopher and his friends will be waking up the neighborhood if they choose to do this. And our neighbors will be talking about it for months.
The reason this will work is because we are all seeking treasure. We are, all of us, on a treasure hunt for what is valuable in life. Why else would Rick Warren’s book soar to the top of the charts? It promised meaning and purpose — something everyone is looking for. Or how about The Prayer of Jabez? Remember? It was perceived as providing a key to unlock success, wealth and happiness.
Every day we rub shoulders with people who are seeking. They are treasure hunters. They are looking for bounty. We are too. Take them your list. Ask them if they want to join you on your hunt. Ask them if they have any of these things.
It’s a great list. It’s actually everybody’s list. And just because the Lord may have found us, doesn’t mean we aren’t still seeking these things. Everyone is. Instead of walking around like you’ve got all the answers, ask the right questions. Show them your list. It’s humbling. It’s childish. It’s needy. It’s maybe a little desperate. My guess, however, is that all but the neighborhood curmudgeon would jump at the chance to join in the search. And be sure and see what they come up with first. No telling what they’ve got buried in their basement somewhere.