Tis the season for graduations, everything from five-year-olds moving out of kindergarten to grade one to middle school kids moving on to high school to high schoolers finishing their expected time in education.
College is not everyone’s choice.
As I watched Sydney walk to get her diploma, I thought about how hard she’s worked to reach this end. She’s invested time and energy in class, on the soccer field, and with robotics–passions and choices that have influenced what she wants to do next.
As each graduating class tosses their mortarboards after the ceremony, it’s a picture of the old passing away and the new coming. Whatever the next new thing may be. With each new transition in life, we’re challenged to meet new expectations and new ways of doing life.
Ending well is one thing. Beginning well is another story.
Sydney has chosen to go to Taylor University to study engineering this fall. She’s very self-aware, and she knows that challenges await her at school; she’s not only attempting a difficult major but is playing collegiate soccer. She’s ready to face whatever awaits her.
We face changes daily. For many, change is an uncomfortable word. It reveals the new and unexpected, challenging the convenience of the familiar.
Life here cannot be expected to remain constant. We grow up, grow old, grow tired, grow bored. As people with the ability to choose and be responsible for those choices, we’re to learn to adapt to the changes that happen to us and around us.
Sometimes we don’t want to act like adults and deal with what happens. We want everyone and everything to be more malleable than we’re willing to be. There’s a deep desire to know that there are some things in life that are absolutes, that can be guaranteed not to change. To be what we always need them to be.
That would be Jesus and the love of God for us.
“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-23
God’s love for us is offered without conditions, a love that never fails. He promises to be faithful in His commitment to us, even when we’re weak in our faithfulness to Him.
Life will change. We may not be graduating from anywhere, but our chosen circumstances and the people in our lives aren’t guaranteed to be there forever.
Because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8), we can know without a doubt that we are loved by Him if we receive His love for us.
Wouldn’t it be great to know that something in life is an absolute guarantee?
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