Each of us makes many choices every day including what we do with our free time, the type of music we listen to, what we read, the people we choose to communicate with, the words we use and the people we hug. As students get closer to adulthood there is an increased amount of choices they can make: where they live, what job they choose, pursuit of continuing education, who they spend time with and what kind of character they want to have. One of the best quotes I have ever heard is: “It’s never too late to start doing right.” Another familiar quote is “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” These two quotes recognize the fact that today is most important; yesterday is gone and whatever happened in the past can affect our present but doesn’t have to control our future. Be thankful God has given you another day and ask Him to lead you; then after you ask, listen for His direction, then follow through for He has the best plan for you. As Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
May we all have the excitement of these seniors, the hope for the future, the zeal to work for what we believe in, as if “we can change the world”; recognizing the change the world needs is to follow Jesus. Let us keep on learning, to “get wisdom”, as instructed in the book of Proverbs. Let us “study to show ourselves approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”, as directed in II Timothy 2:15. Learning is a lifelong goal even though we may change our way of learning, our place of learning and our learning focus.
Rejoice with these graduates, reflect on their journey and your own, and refocus where you need to as you make this day, and your legacy, one that honors the Lord.