Start With the End in Mind

Guest Author: Lydia Mammen

“Start with the end in mind.”

I’ve heard this from just about everyone. Being a freshman in college and a business major, this is the golden rule to follow. Society is often so focused on the final result. I’m always keeping my eyes on the final product. That’s what defines me in the end right?

Wrong. The final product is great and grand, but there’s so much beauty even before that.

This tendency to be so result-minded influences my walk with the Lord. I am always thinking of the final version of me and how to get myself there. I’m always thinking what to do, what to offer, and what to bring. I just want to go, go, go for Jesus. But I think He calls us into something more than just “going.” Yes, living with the end in mind is great, but if I don’t see the whole picture, I’ve lost the true beauty of it all.

We often think that the invitation Jesus gives us is a one-time offer. We often think that once we accept Him, it’s time to get to work for Him. This is true! But I think Jesus calls us to more.

He invites us to daily walk with Him. So no. It’s not all about going and doing, my busybody friends. Sometimes it’s about the opposite. There, intimacy is found, which gives us a purer motivation to serve Him. Why? Because we take the time to KNOW Him.

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. | John 15:4

I am called to COME, to REST, to STRUGGLE,
to LOVE, to SEE, and to ABIDE.

This is the point. We can’t do it alone. Fruit grows when we abide in Him.

So I come and rest, knowing that from here, there will be a call to go, make, and do. In these moments, I remind myself:

I must first come before I can go.
I must first be created before I can make.
I must first understand it’s all been done before I can do.

It’s a process. The end will be so sweet but the same is true of the time leading up to it!

2 thoughts on “Start With the End in Mind

  1. Little sister, your love and desire for the Lord and your maturity in Him really amaze me. Thankful you are learning these things and working through them AND sharing them with us! This reminds me of something an older nurse told me when I first started working: “You can’t do your job and help people if you’re not well yourself.”

    We can’t serve Him well and pour into others if we’re not taking the time to learn and grow in Him ourselves! We have to feed on the Word and rest in His presence so that we are equipped to do His work when He calls us to. Praying we would understand the importance of abiding in Him on a daily basis and that we would actually seek to do it!

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