The end justifies the means.
All’s well that ends well.
It’s not where you’re from or where you’re at, it’s where you’re going.
Phrases we’ve all heard before. They all help us when we need to focus on our future, our end. Something that is very important in life. life is a journey and every journey has a destination. Every step you take, every decision we make along the way, it’s all in direct relation to us getting to our destination.
Clearly therefore, before you embark on any journey, it is necessary to determine a destination. We all have our own destinations and how we’ll know when we get there. We even have strategies of how to get there.
So we have established all we need to to begin our journey. Oh wait, we all know that we need to be prepared for emergencies. Those things that come up unexpectedly but nevertheless ALWAYS come up. We never know what they’re going to be, but we know they’re definitely going to be there.
Let’s take an example of the journey of education (formal education to be precise). Typically, we’re born, raised o about 3 or 4 yrs of age and then we go to Kindergarten (Nursery school). There we learn how to interact with other children and with teachers, and we learn the basics on reading and writing. (a little bit of math even) Then we’re off to primary school (or elementary as some of you might say) At this stage we grow from toddlers to teenagers, a period of eight years where we learn the basics of life. (I really don’t want to go into details so I’ll leave it at that)
Many of us experience self discovery at this stage (albeit in the minimal) This is where we know what we want to be “when we grow up”. When we’re in std 8 (8th grade) We face our first real challenge. At that point, your whole future depends on that very moment. So you work hard and make it. You pass your exam and your off to the best school, the high school of your dreams.
The sad truth is, this is not how it happens for all of us. Some of us “discover” that education is pointless and drop out of school. Others don’t even discover anything, they’re just passing time and enjoying the ride. (most of these people fail miserably). The others “discover” that they’re not clever and get content with staying at the bottom. (They’re lazy and don’t want to put in the work)
OK, so now we’re off to high school. (Some to the school of our dreams and others to whatever school would take us) This is where we discover that primary school was nothing. Our future really does depend on what we do here. This also brings with it new levels of self discovery. We start thinking we’re grownups. We forget “when I grow up I want to be…” a high school student? Yeah, we’re clearly not yet grown up. At this stage, some of us establish lifelong friendships. So now we’re sitting for our final high school exam, we want to pass, go to the university of our dreams and study do be the Architects and lawyers we’ve been dreaming about. (At that stage in my life I wanted to be an architect… who knows, maybe I still might)
Let’s go ahead and skip the details of this stage. Finally education has come to an end. But then you discover that it’s not really the end, but the beginning.
So, heaven bound. As the tilt suggests, my journey is to heaven. The beginning – “For God so loved the world that He gave his only son…” The end – “… that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3 : 16) The way there- Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
So the end of the journey of life is more life, eternal life. So once again we see that the end is actually another beginning and this time, with no end. 1 Corinthians 2:9 However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”–
See, I want that. Eternal life along with this promise. And I want all of you to want it too. Life without an end.
Scripture of the day – 1 Corinthians 2