Most everyone at some point in their life has sat through a chorus or two of the old familiar graduation march of Pomp and Circumstance.
It’s that time of year again. Graduation. Caps and gowns. Diplomas.
I went to a very poignant high school graduation party last night before going in to work. It was a true celebration. A time to honor one of the first major accomplishments most face in their lives.
There was a vast assortment of guests in attendance. They were compiled of the many friends and family members who had crossed paths with both the guests of honor and their parents across the span of their combined lives. These were people from their neighborhood, their church, their work, and their playtime activities. These were the people that influenced them in some way or another to be the young man and young lady they’ve turned out to be. Quite impressive.
The guests of honor were a precious set of twins. A brother and a sister who have always stood beside each other. Always gone to school together. They will soon be attending separate colleges in separate cities. Living separate lives than they are accustomed to doing. Their lives will change considerably. That got me thinking.
I’m planning on attending a college graduation in a few weeks. More years of education. More successful accomplishnents.
One leads from your parent’s home to the world of higher education, college. The other leads from college to the outside world, usually bringing independent living on your own, a job, a marriage, a family. The accomplishments go on and on.
It’s safe to say that graduation, whether it’s high school or college, brings with it a rite of passage. A time of change. Usually from adolescence to adulthood.
In our beginning stage of life, as an infant we could not handle solid food. We are raised on milk. As we mature, we can better handle solids.
So it is with our faith. We cannot understand God’s Word in its entirety in our early walk. We have to take it slowly. Digest a little at a time. Read a little at a time. Meditate on it. Be still and let God speak to us through it. God is too great for us to comprehend Him all at once. It’s a journey. It’s a slow and steady process.
It’s why we start at kindergarten and progress each year in our learning. All the way to graduation. Same goes for our faith. Except I imagine our graduation party on the faith scale will be much more grandiose. Jesus will be The One handing out those diplomas with a “Well done good and faithful servant. ” 🙂
I encourage each of you to never grow stagnant. To continue evolving into the best you can possibly be. That means your knowledge and your faith. And if you already know enough. Then teach. Reach one, teach one.
12For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
This is for you Ashley and Clayton. May your life continue to offer you successful accomplishments.
Love and laughter,