When people graduate from High School or University, they should be looking ahead at life. Solomon made it simple in Ecclesiastes 9:9-11. Plan to: 1) “Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life”—i.e., be in a close, stable marriage; 2) “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might”—i.e., work hard at honorable work; 3) “I returned and saw under the sun that-The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all”—i.e., everything is not under our personal control-live with it. One is not alone in marriage; diligent work is rewarded and appreciated; life levels the “playing field” for everyone. Good advice!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
Looking for some ideas to kick-start a graduation devotional or sermon? Check out my post on Keltonburg Preacher (Graduates of 2014, as you prepare for this new time in your life…). I have no less than 11 individual points with corresponding scriptures that can easily be expounded upon.
Use them all or use some of them as supplements. Either way, if you find them useful to God be the glory.
As many young Christians leave the High School arena and prepare to enter into the college realm they are going to be encouraged to give some thought into joining a fraternity house or a sorority club who proudly identify themselves with the various letters of the Greek alphabet. So what should you do as a young Christian in the face of the promising temptations that they offer? The answer is simple. Remember that the most important letters of the Greek alphabet are the Alpha and the Omega, and if their plans, ethics and morality don’t fit in between those two then you need to remind yourself that the house of the Lord will take you farther than any other house on campus.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)
Here’s the basic points with a scripture that I’m using for tomorrow’s “graduation night” at Keltonburg for our High School students. This’ll work whether they’re heading to college or the job market:
- It’s time to grow up (1 Corinthians 13:11)
- Prepare for hard times (Ecclesiastes 12:1)
- When you think you have the world conquered its conquered you (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
- Don’t compromise your faith for a “good grade” or a “good job” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
“Whatever comes to your hand to do with all your power, do it because there is no work, or thought, or knowledge, or wisdom in the place of the dead to which you are going.” (Ecclesiastes 9:10 – BBE)
What advice would you give to graduates from high school and college? I don’t think this is a Nudge, but it might be.
Have you seen any online commencement speeches? Here is U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner’s at CUA. Anyone else’s?