I heard Joyce Meyer use this story this morning from James Dobson and I really liked it!
“When my daughter Danae was a teenager, she came home one day, and she said, “Hey, Dad! There’s a great new game out. I think you’re going to enjoy it. It’s called `Monopoly’.” I just smiled.
We gathered the family together, and we set up the board. Well, it didn’t take the kids long to figure out that old dad had played this game before. I soon owned everything: all the best properties, Boardwalk, Park Place. I even had Baltic and Mediterranean. My kids were squirming and I loved every minute of it. About midnight, I foreclosed on the last property and did a little victory dance, but my family wasn’t impressed. They went to bed, and they made me put the game away. As I began putting all of my money back in the box, a very empty feeling came over me. Everything that I had accumulated was gone. The excitement over riches was just an illusion. And then it occurred to me, “Hey, this isn’t just a game of Monopoly, this is life. You sweat and strain to get ahead, but then one day, after a little chest pain or a wrong move on the freeway, the game ends. It all goes back in the box.” You leave this world just as naked as the day you came into it.
I saw a bumper sticker the other day that said, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” That’s wrong. It should say, “He who dies with the most toys dies anyway.” – James Dobson
So what are you passionate about? Are you using that passion daily? Whether it be at home, at work, at the gym, at church or wherever you use it at, are you using the talents and gifts God’s given you?
Our lives truly do go back in the box and we spend so much time trying accumulate and obtain stuff we can’t put in the box when we go anyways. Then why do it? Is it really helping us enjoy life all that much more?
Ask yourself a couple of quick questions…
1. How much do you have vs how much do you actually own?
2. Is what you’re doing today helping you be debt free tomorrow?
You see, it really doesn’t matter how much growth you have or how successful life appears to be, if things are in the red. Which brings us back to the question “what are you passionate about?”
There’s an adage in our house that when we can’t change the situation, we change how we feel about it. The reality is that no matter how hard we try sometimes to change how we feel about something, the truth is without passion we’ll always end up back at the same point, pondering the inevitable quandary of “why am I here?”
I challenge you today to take a long hard look at what you’re doing daily. Is it working for your long term goals, against those goals or are you merely going through the motions from one day to the next? We all want to feel needed, useful and loved. God has given us ALL a purpose and a uniqueness to further His kingdom. Spend time finding out what your passion is, rather than laboring in vain to get stuff that’s eventually going to be sitting in a junkyard.
For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?
Ephesians 2:10 ESV
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.