Begin With the End in Mind

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Summary of Main Ideas

We all have a phase here on earth. An amount of time that we are going to take up living on this spinning rock that we call home.

The flip side to that equation is this: we are all going to die. I don’t mean to be a bummer, but the statistics on death are not in our favor. Death will come for all of us.

So many people ask the question, “Why am I here?” or “Why do bad things happen to good people?”

I think those are the wrong questions. If you spend all your time asking why, you will never be satisfied. Like a toddler who’s just learned the word, we can spend our entire lives asking, “Why?” and never get a response, never get an answer.

The question we have to ask is, “What?”

What is the invitation? What is this experience or pain or joy inviting me in to? The “why” can move us forward in life.

How will your family be prepared for your passing? Not just financially, but emotionally, spiritually, and physically. How is the life you are living right now setting them up to be the best versions of themselves they can be in your absence?

Is your passing going to be an anchor that holds your family back, or is it going to be something that amplifies and propels them into the future and live into the fullness of who they were created to be?

May we live with the end in mind, and steward and shepard our families in such a way that our passing can be not a tragedy but a powerful catalyst.

If you will begin with the end in mind, it will change everything about today.


“Everybody dies, but not everybody truly lives.” Anonymous

“Do not ruin today with mourning tomorrow.” Catherynne Valente

Reflection Questions

  1. How will your family not just exist, but live, when you’re gone?

  2. How are you living your life in such a way that you can propel your family to greatness once you’re gone?

  3. Are you afraid of death? Why or why not?