Living with The End in View
February 1, 2014
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I was relaxing on a Sunday afternoon, reading the Sunday paper. In Parade magazine, columnist Marilyn Vos Savant commented about why it’s easier to solve a maze puzzle when you start at the end and work backward. In fact, many puzzle makers start at the end and create the puzzle backwards!
Life’s a puzzle. What’s it all about? What’s the meaning of life? How, then, should we live? Could it be that we can solve the puzzle of life by working backward, by going to the end of life to figure out how to live through everything that comes before the end?
The late Stephen Covey wrote a best-selling book about the 7 habits of highly effective people. Habit 2 in his list was to “Begin with the end in mind.”
Our ending here on earth is death. The good news is that that we don’t have to live as if death’s door opens to a dark, cramped broom closet. We can live with the awareness that death’s door can be opened by Christ Himself, that it is He who can greet us and invite us into His presence and into His heaven!
We can live in such a way, living for Him, so that we can hear His words said to us, when it’s our time to leave this life, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21,23)