When The Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box by John Ortberg is a book about living your life with perspective. I had the opportunity to read this book while on vacation a couple weeks ago. It is a timely book that reminds us that what we do today affects eternity. With the comparison to life as a game of monopoly, the box always comes out at the end of the game. You don’t get to sit and gloat over your money or victory because it goes back into the box. In the same way, we can’t take our money or things with us after this life. But, the good news is that we can take people with us through sharing the message of Jesus Christ with them. We also can invest our time and energy into things that are eternally significant. Ortberg does a terrific job caring the analogy throughout the book. It is a must read!
Here are a couple quotes from the book:
“Spending an entire day alone with God may sound scary or difficult to pull off. But think of not doing it. Imagine reaching the age of seventy, having received more than 25,000 days as a gift from God, and not having given a single one back to him because you were ‘too busy’.” ( p. 128)
“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.” – Sydney Harris (p.133)
We all need to be reminded that when life is over, we don’t take things with us. Hence, we all can benefit from reading this book.