12/31 – The End Crowns All

Well, here we are. The last day of 2020. As much as I think (and believe) that the simple turning over of the date into a new year will change nothing about the world around us – it is still a human thing to be nostalgic about the transition into a new year. We still reflect on the adventures, the madness, the trials, tribulations, and challenges that we faced in the year that is fading out at midnight. We think about what differences there should be in this new year. And it’s not wrong to sit in those moments thinking and contemplating. What isn’t going to help is believing that the things we don’t have direct or even indirect effect on are going to change. What we can do is effect the change in our lives, our world, and those around us.

Today’s entry features lines from “Troilus and Cressida” in act 4, scene 5, line 224.

"The ends crowns all."

The verse from The Bible is Revelation 2:10.

Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.

The entry makes a point to remind us that how we begin something is certainly important – but it makes the bold claim that it’s in how you finish the thing. It makes the argument, “Whether you have lived a life of love, hope, and faith since before you can remember or are just getting started on that path is less important than your faithfulness to the end.”

The challenge that it lays at our feet is, “Are you pursuing a good ending?”, and I think that’s a really great and yet also hard question. Because it does ask us to think about the things we’re going to do in 2021 – and are we thinking about the long game in all that we do, say, and act? To be faithful in holding up the standards of love, of hope, of joy, of acceptance – to be truly human towards each other, and to encourage, mentor, and push? There’s a lot to consider in that one question. I don’t have all my answers, but I know I will be coming back to this one.

Happy New Year to you and yours. May 2021 be what we need, not what we want.

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