It All Goes Back In The Box
“You have to ask yourself: When you finally get the ultimate possession, when you’ve made the ultimate purchase, when you buy the ultimate home, when you have stored up financial security and climbed the ladder of success to the highest rung you can possibly climb it, and the thrill wears off – and it will wear off – then what?”
– John Ortberg
Growing up I was never really a fan of board games. However, there was one game that did intrigue me … Monopoly! Created 86 years ago, and currently published by Hasbro, it’s now licensed in 103 countries and printed in more than 37 languages. I’m not sure what attracted me about the game. Perhaps it satisfied my subconscious capitalist urge for acquisition. Regardless, I do vividly recall how disappointed I was when, at the end of the game, win or lose, all the pieces had to go back in the box.
As an adult, and reflecting back on the rules of Monopoly, I’m not sure “grinding your opponents into dust” was necessarily a positive life lesson. Having said that, and perhaps counterintuitively, I believe the best lesson I learned from the game was that, in the end (and it always ends), it all goes back in the box.
As we reflect back on 2020 and look forward to a much improved 2021 (hopefully!), I encourage you to watch this insightful and moving four-minute video featuring the voice of John Ortberg. Pastor Ortberg helps remind us that, ultimately, everything in life goes back in the box.
Thank you … and all the best for 2021!