Living with the End in Mind

One night Diane Sawyer was interviewing Billy Graham on
ABC News. She asked the question, "Billy, when you die, how
do you want people to remember you?" Billy said, "I don't
know what people will think of me, but what I'd really like
is to hear the Lord say to me when I get to Heaven,
'Well done, good and faithful servant.'" Then he paused and
looked at her and said, "But I don't think that He will."

We would think that if anyone was going to hear this
statement from God, it would be Billy Graham. But what I
think Dr. Graham meant was that while what we do for God 

is important, loving God for who he is is considerably more
important and significant that what we do for God.

I don't know who first coined the phrase/s, "Living with
the end in mind" and "Living life backwards." But the idea
is that if what we want said of us at the end of life's
journey—especially by God when we stand before him face to
face—we need to clearly define our God-given life purpose
today. And then we need to start living now to ensure that
we fulfill this purpose. That is, we need to live life with
the end of it in mind.

So my question to you, Dear Reader, is this: "When you die,
how do you want people to remember you and what do you want
God to say to you?"