I am older than I was.
Somedays, it is hard to believe that Kristin and I came down to Tampa with our children to a little church over twenty years ago. So many people have come into our lives via Grace Family Church. In the last few years, I am seeing children who were in my children’s ministry growing up.
This year, it seems that so many of them are graduating from high school. These are great young men and women. They are not perfect but they are leaders. They believe in God and his purposes for their lives. Yet, graduation day is far from a day of completion. Instead, they are being thrust into new worlds – college, employment, their own housing and more responsibility than ever before. How will they do? I am confident they will do great. They will make their mistakes but I know they will hit more home runs. They will have questions but they will find answers. They will feel the pain of being away from home, but they will not walk alone.
Today, is graduation day for all of us. Where you are today is not where you were a month ago. You graduated and took a step forward…or maybe you took a step back. Either way, you didn’t stay in the same spot. I am moving forward. I want to continue on the path he Lord sets before me like these graduates. Today, I face new situations, questions, responsibilities and pain. Do I have any more assurances than they do that everything will be “perfect?” Far from it. I am reminded more than ever, that I am in places, situations and decisions like I have never been before. Some are amazingly positive, some are difficult challenges. Where is my hope? My hope is in the Lord – that I will know his presence and follow him
Graduation marks a new beginning…today is your new beginning. What are you going to do with it?