Last night, my wife and I attended our oldest grandchild’s high school graduation. We were, of course, very happy to be there and help her celebrate this important milestone. She’ll be heading off to college in two months to begin the next chapter in her life.
Without going into great personal detail, our granddaughter has weathered a very unsettled upbringing. Her parents separated when she was two-years-old and, in shuttling between the two, she’s experienced a dizzying array of ever-changing home addresses and schools along with having to deal with both parents’ assortment of live-in partners. I could write more but I’ll leave it at that. Despite the very challenging circumstances, our granddaughter’s grown up to be a very sweet, optimistic young woman. We’ve had no relationship with our daughter-in-law after the separation, but she has accepted Christ as her Savior and has given our granddaughter some godly spiritual training. We’re very grateful for that.
As I looked out over the thousands of people in the large arena last night, I wondered how many knew Christ? All the speakers challenged the graduates to make a contribution to the world in whatever field or endeavor they chose. We know the world honors those who achieve great fame, wealth, and power. But what is a life without Christ? When the dirt hits the casket, what does the fame, wealth, and power amount to?
Lovely granddaughter, do well. Learn much in college. Have an enjoyable career. Have a family (Lord willing) you can love and who loves you back. But most importantly, walk with the Lord constantly. Read His Word daily. Talk to Him in prayer throughout each day. Get to know Him intimately. Follow Him. He is the only firm foundation. Everything else is sinking sand. The distractions, temptations, and disappointments in life will be many but don’t go down to Egypt (the world) seeking sanctuary and fulfillment. Its promises are hollow. Walk with Christ. Walk with Christ. Walk with Christ.
“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” – Isaiah 30:21