It does not matter where you start, it matters where you finish.
You may have grown up with an alcoholic mother, and a father who works all the time and is never home.
You may not have a father because he left when you were little.
You have been one of those children who are only at school about 80 days out of the whole year.
You may not believe that love can last because you saw your parent's marriage fall apart.
You may have grown up with a disabled sibling and felt unloved as a result of your parents never having time for you.
You may have had a perfectly good home and loving parents, but got caught up with the wrong type of people and done things that you regret.
Even if none of the above describes you, I know that you have had some type of pain or difficult times in the past. I know it hurts to think about these types of things, and I'm sorry to bring it up, but I am going some where with this.
I'll dissect my opening sentence; It does not matter where you start (in life), it matters where you finish. This sentence can have a different meaning to two audiences, Christians and non-Christians.
A non-christian may understand this sentence as meaning that even if you have had a tough up-bringing or done some bad stuff, it doesn't matter as long as you end up being successful, wealthy, having a loving family, or happy.
A christian though, will understand this sentence as meaning something along the lines of the following.
That regardless of what we do in this life, all that matters is that we do what is necessary to ensure that we have an amazing place called Heaven to go to when we meet our end.
For many people, death seems like the end, the end of our existence, the end of what we know. It is the end of our existence on earth, and yes, it is a bit daunting to think of leaving all our friends and family and we will be going into the unknown. The end is just the beginning, just the beginning of eternal life. It is up to us, in this crazy messed up world, to seek the truth. The truth is that Jesus is our Saviour, He is our ticket to heaven.
He died for our sins 2000 years ago, this was so that despite our human nature we may go to heaven. It is impossible to not sin, God knows this. So what He has done for us (sacrificed His son Jesus in our place) has made everything a lot easier for us! All we have to do is believe with all our heart that Jesus is our saviour and that he died for our sins, ask for forgiveness, and ask that God may help you to do the right thing. A lot of the time it is difficult to know what the 'right thing' to do is. This is why God's help and guidance is so brilliant. We can gain knowledge about what the right thing to do it by reading the bible and talking to God.
Grabbing onto to Jesus is the best thing that I've ever done.
Naturally, when we find something good, we want to share it with other people. We will recommend music, movies, shops, restaurants, and we'll share jokes, photos, and stories and every other thing that has brought us happiness, We share it! Share the happiness, share the love.
Share Jesus. Jesus= happiness, love, fulfilment, peace, and every other nice adjective in the dictionary.
I've just shared Jesus with you and also my opinion of how people may understand my opening statement.
I'm not forcing my beliefs onto you, its your life. You have to find the truth for yourself.
Remember, it does not matter where you start, it matters where you finish. Regardless of how you understand this statement, I think its a good one to remember. Make the most of your life, and finish well.