Last year at this time, I wrote a blog post about what I would say if'n I were given the chance to speak to a graduating class (which admittedly would probably be as much of a chance as winning the Powerball). Instead of trying to remind myself what I wrote or linking you to that particular post, I thought I would save a little time and copy/paste that on this post...
So anyway, without any further delay...here is my address.
To the graduating class of 2015:
Well, kids...you did it!!! Beginning as far back as probably Head Start or Pre-K, fourteen to fifteen years of determination, sacrifice, and hard work have gotten you to where you sit today...with your closest friends in your caps and gowns, waiting for that moment when you walk across this stage, grab your folder, the prompt to change your tassel and be called officially a graduate. Congratulations!!!
As you close one chapter of your life and start writing the next chapter, whether it be continuing your education at the university of your choice, or serving our country in the armed forces or immediately going into the work force, let me pass along some thoughts to remember.
First and foremost, remember who the Ultimate Boss is. Proverbs 3:5,6 says "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him (one translation says "in everything you do Put God First...") and He will direct your paths." Make God your top priority and everything else will fall into place.
Secondly...listen to people you can trust. People like your parents, your grandparents, your Pastor, the elders in the church. Psalm 1:1,2 (HCSB) "How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path of sinners, or join a group of mockers. Instead, his delight is in the Lord's instruction, and he meditates on it day and night."
Lastly, while you are striving to succeed in whatever you do from this point forward, it is OK to have some fun every now and again. I'm reminded of a classic movie quote -- "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." Maintain a work/fun balance...just don't let one overrun the other too much.
Again, congratulations on making it to this point in your journey. Keep your eyes on what's ahead, don't look back and most importantly...Put God First!