These last few weeks have been exciting, full of celebration–graduation. Though I will miss many of them as they leave, it’s been pretty awesome getting to witness friends beginning a new chapter of their lives, whether that be college, the workforce, the military, or a career after obtaining a degree.
graduation is an exciting time. After years of learning, of equipping yourself with tools, of work, sweat, and tears; finally, it arrives. It’s the celebration of accomplishment, a pat on the back–a “good job! you did it!” before you begin something new. . . . How glorious it will be, the day when Graduation comes.
Are we not all learning? from both the failures and accomplishments of our lives? Are we not equipping ourselves with tools that we can use in the life after this? Are we not working, sweating, and tearing? This life, is school/college. It is important, which means that it should not be taken lightly, sometimes requiring all nighters. It requires hard work, for life is not easy; yet, it also requires a healthy dose of rest, so that we do not wear ourselves out. And it requires relationship, for what stands out to you the most when you think of school or college? Is it that paper that you wrote, that math problem you solved? Is it that test that you passed or failed? Or is it the time that you spent with your friends? those who you care for?
People should be the second most important priority in our lives. Except for our Creator, people should be far above anything else that we hold most dear. (I mean, what would our world be like, if we valued people above money, above sex, above politics, and above video games?) Graduation is nearing, and you can’t expect to be valedictorian if you don’t treat right those He made in His image. “Love the Lord your God . . . and love your neighbor as thy self.”
Graduation is nearing. Are you ready for it? In order to graduate, you have to meet certain requirements, and Graduation is no exception. And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” Acts 2:38-39
Believe that Jesus is Lord, repent, and be baptized, and you will receive your diploma. But, do not just try for a diploma, for bear-minimum may help you pass, but do you feel as accomplished? Can you hold your head up high on that stage as the crowd applauds? Do not just strive for a diploma, to be spared from damnation, but instead–to be like Christ.
Graduation is nearing. Are you ready for it?
Congratulations to the class of 2015!