Last night, I watched the 2013 class at Veritas Academy graduate. It was an evening of mixed emotions – a audience filled with tear-streaked smiling faces. It seems like such a short while ago that these graduates were children – dressing dolls, climbing trees, and playing “catch me” at recess. Their short season of growing up under the daily guidance and supervision of their parents is about to end.
As Dr. Seuss said,” how did it get so late so soon?”
From birth to adulthood, parenting involves a tension between holding on and letting go. When I hold my newest granddaughter Alma in my arms, it feels like light years before she will head off to school. Yet, when I watch Joey my oldest grandson play soccer, I marvel that he is already old enough to try out for sport teams.
Last night, I could not help but ponder in hindsight how quickly these years have flown by. The young men and women who crossed the stage to receive their diplomas had changed and grown up before my eyes. All along the way, their parents have deeply yearned for them to grow up well. But it’s not just their children who did the growing. I am proud of the parents of the class of 2013! They have grown along side their graduates! I am confident that their advise today to parents of younger children would include: “make the most of your time while you still have them around on a daily basis!”
How we respond to life’s challenges, and what we order our daily lives by, provides our children with their most influential lessons. As much as we watch to see what they will do, they watch us too! Life offers parents no greater honor and no higher responsibility than raising up the next generation with hearts that are impressed with and molded by God’s truth. So make the most of your time as parents by growing as much as you can while you still have them with you! It’s hard work to raise kids and it hard work to grow but may we number our days so that we along with our children and grandchildren may get a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12)
“How did it get so late so soon?”
A Graduation address in its entirety by Theodor Seuss Geisel to Lake Forest College in 1977.
“My uncle ordered popovers from the restaurant’s bill of fare.
And, when they were served, he regarded them with a penetrating stare
Then he spoke great Words of Wisdom as he sat there on that chair:
‘To eat these things,’ said my uncle, ‘you must exercise great care.
You may swallow down what’s solid BUT you must spit out the air!
And as you partake of the world’s bill of fare, that’s darned good advice to follow.
Do a lot of spitting out the hot air.
And be careful what you swallow.’”
Quotes (especially for graduates!) :
It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular; it is why he does it. A.W. Tozer
The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. C.S. Lewis
If we only have the will to walk, then God is pleased with our stumbles. C.S. Lewis
There is a famine in America. Not a famine of food, but of love, of truth, of life. Mother Theresa
It is what you learn after you know it all that counts. John Wooden
Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail Ralph Waldo Emerson
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. Martin Luther King Jr.
The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.- John D. Rockefeller
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. Albert Einstein
The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. William James
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. Andre Gide
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21
But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Psalm 33:11
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Colossians 3:23
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17