by Steve Hall
I recently had the opportunity to say a few words at our local homeschool graduation ceremony. Here is a portion of what I was able to share with the graduates and their families.
All days eventually do come.
For most of you, and possibly all of you, it seems like you have waited a very long time for your graduation from high school. A part of your journey is ending, and I’m sure you are greatly looking forward to the next one.
This is how life is– we live one day at a time– and eventually we do reach each milestone that we work towards and wait for (which can sometimes seem like forever!). Over the next few years you will find that life begins to seem to move faster and faster.
I hope that each of you graduates will find some quiet time in the next couple of days to reflect on where you now are in life. Take some time to talk to the Lord about where you have been, where are you are going. Most importantly, be sure you are on the road that He wants for you at this time.
We have just observed a beautiful ceremony. Each of you graduates are profoundly blessed, and you will realize this more in days ahead. I want to take just a minute to remind each graduate of the biblical principle that says– “to whom much is given, much will be required.”
Each of you has been given so much up to this point in your lives. You have received a quality education under the guidance of your loving parents– a profound gift. You are surrounded today by supportive family and friends who want to see you succeed in life. But again, to whom much is given, much will be required. Because you have been blessed so much, God expects you to take what you have been given and further invest it in the lives of others, and ultimately for God’s glory and His kingdom. And in this, you will find the greatest happiness and joy in life.
Yes, as we are reminded on a very special day like this, all days eventually do come. And while we certainly want to enjoy the journey, we must remember that as someone said, “Life is not all about the journey. The journey is all about the destination.” (J Bloom) What matters most is where you end up. Wisdom is always looking ahead, down the road, not just living for now. Each one of us is working our way towards the day when we will stand before our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, to give an account of how we invested the life that He gave to us. So as you celebrate this very exciting time, keep Him at the center of it all, and follow with your whole heart the road He has for you to travel. And though this narrow road is often hard, if God is truly your greatest treasure, you will end up gaining everything.
The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.