What if we lived like we knew the ending of our story?
I was reading (well rather listening to an audiobook of) the Inheritance Cycle for the first time in years. As a young kid the story of a young Rider and his adventures in Alagaesia was riveting. And it helped that I was fascinated that a young man of 16, just a few years older than myself at the time, and a home-schooler to boot wrote such a tale.
As I was listening to the events that surrounded Eragon, I realized that every new scene or interaction that came about I was putting it into context in the bigger story. You see, with having read the story before and knowing the ending, I had a perspective on the story that the characters had no idea about.
I caught myself being exasperated with the missteps and wrong turns that were taken by the main hero. Then to every deed and conversation I saw a deeper meaning as I knew that it was going to be important later in the story.
What if we lived our lives like this?
Of course we cannot know exactly the events that will occur in our lives. But what if we we lived our lives in full knowledge of what the ending will be?
What if we viewed our life with an eternal perspective? What if we took the daily struggles and aggravations we face and processed them as if they were but blips along the road instead of the life-altering events that we sometimes make them out to be?
In a time of microwaves and on-demand everything and a growing expectation of instant satisfaction, our focus and perspectives are often limited to such short-term results and events. As a result, we are taken aback and put off at every little thing that may remove or delay us from our myopic goals.
We live as if we are beginners riding a unicycle, set off balance by every bump and obstacle when we need to live life driving a dune buggy.
What does that look like, though? It looks like being anxious about nothing but praying about everything (Philippians 4:6-7). It looks like recalling that we are citizens of heaven and no longer children of wrath (Philippians 3:20, Ephesians 2:3). It looks like holding loosely to the things of this world and keeping our eyes fixed on what is to come (Philippians 3:8, 14).
When we do these things, the storms of this life will come and go, but we will stand strong (Matthew 7:24-27). The winds of this world will blow fast and hard, but by drawing close to Christ, having our mind fixed upon his return and the waiting kingdom, we will have an anchor to hold us fast.
We have to live with the end in mind.