The activities of life vary from season to season. In late fall, we plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. Then along comes Christmas as we continue our family celebrations. In early spring we look forward to Easter. And throughout the year there are other family and friend gatherings tied to our family or even our national celebrations.
And this time of year, many families celebrate a graduation or two. This particular year is a special one for my family, as our oldest son graduates from high school. Of course this makes me think back to my own high school, college, and seminary graduations. It also causes me to reflect on my wife’s college and graduate school graduations.
And this year I have the joy of once more addressing a graduating class.
Graduations are always fun. The pomp and the ceremony brings a special feeling to the event. As the graduates line up, they are right to feel satisfaction at having completed the requirements for the day. They are also right to have hopeful expectation for the days to come.
And of course this season, like the other seasons of life is a time for us to honor God with all that we do. Paul exhorted the Corinthians saying, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). Certainly our graduates are called upon to approach this joyful occasion aiming at the glory of God and being thankful for what has passed even as they press on to what lies ahead.
And, if this is not a graduation season for you then the words of the Apostle are no less applicable. For in whatever season you find yourself, you are to aim at the glory of God.