Sunday, August 28, 2022

The Game of Life

By David A. Sargent


    Steve Higginbotham asks, “Have you ever played Milton Bradley's, ‘The Game of LIFE?’  Probably you have at some point.  This game has been around a long time -- since 1860!  The object of this game is to cause its players to make several important ‘life decisions’ and teach them several important ‘life lessons,’ while having fun all at the same time.  Some of those decisions and lessons were:

  • ·       Whether to go straight to work, or go to college first.
  • ·       Paydays are typically better for those who go to college.
  • ·       Whether to buy or not to buy health/life insurance.
  • ·       Having children can bring benefits as well as liabilities.

Life has many unexpected setbacks, as well as serendipitous blessings. And ultimately, the decisions you make in life will determine whether you will wind up in a "Millionaire's Mansion" or the "Poor House."

    Then Higginbotham points out an important lesson that one can learn from the game even though it’s not found in the game’s instructions: “But one lesson this game didn't teach us; in fact, the most important lesson of all is this...

When the game is over, everything goes back in the box!

No matter how good you were at this game; no matter how much money you were able to accumulate; no matter whom you were able to beat; at the end of the game, you had to put everything you had accumulated back in the box.” *

    Higginbotham’s observations illustrate the truthfulness of this passage:

“For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” – 1 Timothy 6:7

No matter what you're able to accomplish in life; no matter how much money you are able to earn in your lifetime; no matter how many people you competed against and over which you were victorious; when your life is over, it all goes ‘back in the box.’  You take none of it with you.  Then you'll stand before your Maker.” – Steve Higginbotham

    If we’ve spent all of our time, energy, and focus on things that “go back into the box,” we will perish and miss out on the greatest, ETERNAL blessings that God wants to give to us.  Please read Matthew 6:19-21.

    Our sins condemn us (Romans 6:23), but God loves us so much that He gave His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins so that we might receive forgiveness and the gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23).

    God will save those who place their faith and trust in Christ (Acts 16:30-31), turn from their sins in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).  He will continue to cleanse those who continue to place their focus on eternal things by following Jesus and obeying His Word (1 John 1:7).

    In the end, life isn’t a game!  But “The Game of Life” can remind us to think “outside the box” about those things which ARE eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18).

    Won’t YOU accept God’s offer of forgiveness and eternal life by trusting and obeying Jesus?
- David A. Sargent, minister for the Church of Christ at Creekwood in Mobile, Alabama, is also the editor of an electronic devotional entitled "Living Water." To learn more about this excellent resource contact David via their website:
* “The Game of Life” by Steve Higginbotham in MercEmail (7/21/14), a Weekly Devotional from Steve Higginbotham.  See Steve’s blog at

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