Graduation is here. From this day forward, there is no longer a question of “are you capable?” replaying inside your head. You have reached an important milestone that is a confidence booster, and you should be proud of this achievement. Graduation is a major step in anyone’s life.
It has been more than twenty years since I graduated high school. I’ve learned a lot of lessons since that day, both in college and in my chosen careers, and my advice to all graduates is to move forward with confidence, integrity, and humility.
Believe in yourself and your Creator, let your actions speak even louder than your words, and always admit when you don’t know something or you find yourself in a situation that you truly believe is more difficult than you are prepared to handle. It is better to admit you weaknesses or shortcomings than to try and fake your way through a task you are truly not ready to perform. Your confidence keeps such admissions from crushing your spirit. Your integrity gives you the strength you need to admit you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. And humility allows you to accept that you are human and very capable of making mistakes or bad decisions.
Life is full of difficult challenges. We come in contact with people, almost daily, who challenge our patience, intellect, and sincerity. We also grow in our ability to cope with these situations as we learn that life is not about having everyone around us convinced that we are even close to being perfect. Humility keeps the human mind from seeking out praise and reward for every well-done deed.
Moving forward, graduates need to concentrate on building the character of their souls. 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV) says: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Great men and women not only seek out eternal life by following the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they have the ability to change today’s physical landscape by accomplishing things that have eternal consequences. The Christian scientist who creates a new wonder drug may offer families more time together in this temporary world we live in. That time together may result in eternal rewards never fully understood until a Heavenly reunion.
Graduation is the beginning of a new journey forward. Be sure to pack confidence, integrity, and humility in your travel bag. Any one of these attributes by itself may not be enough to keep your travels steady, but by combining the three strands into one solid rope, a person has a lifeline that is stable when ascending any mountain, no matter how steep.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
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Humility keeps the human mind from seeking out praise and reward for every well-done deed.
Thank you for putting the above in there, Dan. It is very, very true and wise. It has been 47 years since I graduated from high school, and I sure have learned a lot of humility since then. I found out my education was just beginning. This is a timely note from you to our graduates. Thomas