Live the rest of your life ‘with the end in mind’

One of the habits from Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, is to “begin with the end in mind.”  When you’re talking about your life, that’s a bit hard to do.  A newborn baby is only looking for his next meal, after all.  As kids, I imagine many kids dream about what they want to be some day.  Usually something heroic or adventurous for boys and glamorous or exciting for girls.  Few of us fulfill those adolescent daydreams, and for good reason.  Life happens.

I know I have spent a good portion of my life aimless.  Not totally without goals, but not with the end in mind, either.  Therefore, as I have considered my Dream Big list, I have come up with a category for lifetime accomplishments.  This isn’t a list of one-time thrills, like ziplining or great trips, like Paris.  It’s a list of who I want to be.  What I want to be remembered for.  And since I’m beginning with the end in mind, I can chart a path to get there.

I want to be known as a person of faith.
I’ll never be perfect or without sin, but I want people to know I lived my faith to the best of my ability and with the grace of God.  To accomplish this, I will:

  • admit when I’m wrong
  • tell the truth when it’s embarrassing
  • stand up for my faith when I might be the only one standing
  • show grace and mercy to those who are different or disagree with me
  • not compromise on sin, regardless of what’s popular

He has a pained look, but he says the sun was in his eyes.

I want to be a loving wife.
I have been blessed with an outstanding husband.  I know I didn’t do anything to deserve him, but in order to make him happy he married me, I will:

  • encourage him
  • pray for him
  • laugh at his bad jokes
  • pretend he’s right, even when I know I am
  • complain as little as possible
  • joyfully serve him in any way I can

I want to be a godly example to my children.
I never in my wildest dreams thought I would have five kids, daughters no less.  When I had my first, I didn’t have a clue how to be a  mother.  I only know slightly more now, and what I know has been learned from lots of mistakes.  Here is my general philosphy:

  • hug them when I could just wring their neck
  • talk softly when I really want to yell
  • laugh when I want to cry
  • show restraint when they have stepped on my last nerve
  • pray for them each and every day, sometimes very loudly

With these goals in mind, I hope to accomplish the following life dreams:

  1. Point people to Jesus.  Show the unsaved his forgiving grace and encourage the saved to keep the faith.
  2. Grow old with the man of my dreams.  Celebrate my 50th wedding anniversary on March 8, 2047.
  3. See each of my children grow up to love and serve the Lord, marry godly men, and raise godly children.  I hear being a grandma is pretty cool.

 

What about you?  What life dreams do you have?

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