Habit 2 reads “Begins with THE END in mind: know what you want and how you are going to achieve it.”
Not the end, but THE END!
As a teacher I know this truth well. Decisions on what to teach, how to teach it, and when to teach it all revolve around mastery of an objective looks like. BUT of even higher importance is that I consider the ending to my students’ stories and plan the itinerary for the day, week, month, and year in accordance.
This is an expectation we hold of all of all professionals.
AND leaders are those with a vision and a plan.
AND, if we claim to be a follower of Christ, are we not also called to be leaders?
So, then, fellow leaders, what is your vision? What does THE END look like for you?
Here’s one picture of THE END for me. (This is the biblical image, I have an earthly one as well.)
While it’s a little hard these days to find an actual photograph of Peter walking to Jesus out on the water ;), this picture reminds of not only that biblical image, but the manner in which I want to accomplish it.
That’s right. My ending looks like walking on water. That point at which I finally reach Jesus out on the water and completely embrace Him because I made it, that point is THE END.
Peter is the only human who ever has ever walked on water. No one else will ever hold that position, yet some read the story and see a man who failed. And others see an excuse for never leaving the boat.
I read it and see a man who was no longer amazed by Jesus, but finally understood (Mark 6:51-52).
I see a man who connected what Jesus had just done with the fish in feeding the 5000 to what Jesus was capable of doing.
I see a man, who when His focus was completely on Jesus, accomplished the impossible.
And when I reach THE END, it won’t matter how many times Jesus had to put His hand out to rescue me.
In achieving this ending, I also don’t want to “get down out of the boat” in a timid, crunched over, and fearful manner. I want to jump in feet first, never letting the fear of drowning stop me. For in losing it all, I gain Christ.
Here’s what I’m sure of: I’m sure to fail, sure to be rescued, and sure that even though I don’t know how to walk on water, Jesus will show me the way as soon as I step out of my boat.Tweet This
What’s THE END for you? I’d love to be inspired by your visions.