When the Game is Over it All Goes Back in the Box

I’ve been reading “When the Game is Over It All Goes Back in the Box” by John Ortberg for quite some time now. I don’t know why it took me so long; it was a really easy read and a great book. I think I just got busy and distracted so I kept putting it down. I would definitely recommend it, though. I’m pretty sure I dog-ear-ed just about every other page. The jist: He’s comparing life to a game of monopoly, with sections such as “the object”, “setup”, “how to play”, “hazards” and “to win.” Here’s some bits about finding your mission that I found particularly interesting:

“Sometimes we’re tempted to think that our current position/job/situation is a barrier to our mission, but, in fact, it is where it starts.”

“If my mission cannot start here, where I am, it cannot start at all.”

“Frederick Buechner writes that generally the kind of work God calls you to is work:
a. that you need to do and
b. that the world needs to have done.
If you really get a kick out of your work, you’ve presumably met requirement a, but if your work is writing cigarette ads, the chances are you’ve missed requirement b. On the other hand, if your work is being a doctor in a leper colony, you have probably met requirement b, but if you’re bored and depressed by it, chances are you have not only bypassed a but probably aren’t helping your patients much either. Neither the hair shirt nor the soft berth will do. The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

And some additional quotes from some journals I bought awhile back:

“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world”- m. a. radmacher

“A key to a vital life is an eagerness to learn and a willingness to change.”- m.a. radmacher

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