Ending Well by The Kammerers

The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 
(1 Peter 4:7-11 NIV)
As we come to the final weeks of the year, I invite you to consider how you want to finish this year at Mason. What would it look like to "end well"?

Is it hitting the required word count on your final paper? Having enough time to pack your things neatly before driving or flying back home? Getting prepared for that summer internship or job?  Saying goodbye to a professor who made a difference this year in your life? Repairing a relationship with a friend while you still have the chance? Stepping down from a role you don't want to continue? Spending one last afternoon studying on the grassy hillside by Mason Pond? Going to see that museum in DC you kept meaning to visit but never did?

If you can leave well from this year at Mason, you'll be better practiced at ending other things in life, too! Departures are an art that can be done badly or with great meaning... I've found there is nothing more dissatisfying than 'ghosting' out of life experiences, and nothing more rich than saying a worthwhile goodbye.

If you can, and especially if you're a senior, consider taking a goodbye tour around campus. Simply go on a walk around campus, not as a means to get to some class or attend some lecture, but just to connect and to reflect on the places and the people that filled this past year. Ah, there's the Argo Tea where I studied so much accounting! That table in the Globe was where I came to understand God so much better. Oh, there's Professor M's building, where I despaired of my future and cried in her office once. Look, there is that spot where I had such a good conversation with that friend. Southside, oh Southside, how many times I ate at Southside! 
Finally, consider your relationship with God and what that means going forward.  What gifts of God’s grace have I received this year?  How has God been good to me?  Where have I seen God working in my life?  How have I come to know and love God in new ways?  As you reflect on these things, spend some time in prayerful gratitude for all the good you have experienced this past year (even if you’ve also experienced many difficulties).  And ask God what this means for the summer and the fall.  God, how can I best steward the gifts that you have given to me this year?

I pray that as you reflect on the end of this year, you will see the many ways in which you have grown!