PLEASE FIND A PLACE TO READ THIS ARTICLE where you can be alone and uninterrupted. Clear your mind of everything except what you will read and what I will invite you to do.
Don’t worry about your schedule, your business, your family, or your friends. Just focus with me and really open your mind.
In your mind’s eye, see yourself going to the funeral of a loved one. Picture yourself driving to the funeral parlor or chapel, parking the car, and getting out. As you walk inside the building, you notice the flowers, the soft organ music.
You see the faces of friends and family you pass along the way. You feel the shared sorrow of losing, the joy of having known, that radiates from the hearts of the people there. As you walk down to the front of the room and look inside the casket, you suddenly come face to face with yourself. This is your funeral, many years from today.
All these people have come to honor you, to express feelings of love and appreciation for your life. As you take a seat and wait for the services to begin, you look at the program in your hand. There are to be four speakers.
The first is from your family, immediate and also extended—children, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents who have come from all over the country to attend.
The second speaker is one of your friends, someone who can give a sense of what you were as a person. The third speaker is from your work or profession. And the fourth is from your church or some community organization where you’ve been involved in service.
Now think deeply. What would you like each of these speakers to say about you and your life? What kind of husband, wife, father, or mother would you like their words to reflect? What kind of son or daughter or cousin? What kind of friend? What kind of working associate?
What character would you like them to have seen in you? What contributions, what achievements would you want them to remember?
Look carefully at the people around you. What difference would you like to have made in their lives? Before you read further, take a few minutes to jot down your impressions.
If you actually took part in this visualization process, you will notice some of your core values showing up and your cycle of influence together with the areas of your life, you personally needs to develope.
To begin with the end in mind is to have pictures, perceptions or paradigm of your final destination which helps us to trend carefully our day to day activities.
To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you’re going so that you better understand where you are now and so that the steps you take are always in the right direction.
With this clear picture of your final destination, we are certain to define what is most important in our lives and to shape our behaviors so that our actions and inaction does not conflict with our goals.
Knowing that each day’s step can either make or distract us from our goal.
Yes, one can be carried away from his/her destination with the so many busy-ness our society has to offer.
Do you want to be a lovely father or mother, and caring wife or husband? Begins with the end in mind.
What about attaining your business goals? beginning with the end in mind will shapes the way you threat your clients and staff’s together with been dedicated, diligent and vast in your day to day activities.
God clearly starts in John 3:16, that as many who believes will not perish but have eternal life. and that is beginning with the end in mind.
Having the realities of eternity in heaven in our mind as believers, helps us to trend carefully with holiness in this temporal world.
On a final note, lets consider the words of Joseph Addison:
When I look upon the tombs of the great, every emotion of envy dies in me; when I read the epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire goes out; when I meet with the grief of parents upon a tombstone, my heart melts with compassion; when I see the tomb of the parents themselves, I consider the vanity of grieving or those whom we must quickly follow: when I see kings lying by those who deposed them, when I consider rival wits placed side by side, or the holy men that divided the world with their contests and disputes, I reflect with sorrow and astonishment on the little competitions, factions, and debates of mankind. When I read the several dates of the tombs, of some that died yesterday, and some six hundred years ago, I consider that great Day when we shall all of us be Contemporaries, and make our appearance together.
Whatever you do, where ever you go, begin with the end in mind.
I’m Joseph Awanle,
The evangelistic writer