David Wilcox has a song called Start With the Ending. The song speaks about how relationships would work so much better and be so much more exciting if we could break up at the very beginning. We could be completely honest with one another because there’s no fear of it ending. There’s no need to pretend to be something you’re not, no need to defend who you are, no need to bite your tongue when you’re missing something.
At the end, the expectations of what will be are stripped away and all you see is another human being who is changing as life goes on just as you are.
There is an anecdote he tells that goes along with the song. He imagines what life would be like if we started with the ending. We would die first, get it out of the way, then we would be able to really start living our lives. The anecdote goes on to tell how nice it would be to live out our whole lives backward until we go out “as a glimmer in someone’s eye”.
Imagine how amazing life could be if we weren’t afraid of death because we had already experienced and dealt with it! How much sweeter would each moment be and much more exciting. There would be no fear of doing the things that once held you back. It would be so completely different from the lives we live now that one could say that it is a completely new life.
How powerful it is, then, that Jesus says “Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.” (Lk 17:33) God calls us to die first, and get this dead body out of the way so that He can breath his wonderful life into us.