Congratulations, Graduates

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the sun. - Ecclesiastes 3:1

A wise cinematic sage once said, "Life is like a box of chocolates..." Sure, there are good times, but there are also bad times. Yes, there are sunny days, but there are also stormy days. This is all part of the rhythm of life. May is usually a season to celebrate graduations. Students wearing cap and gown walk across the stage and receive a diploma that marks the end of one chapter and the start of another. Families gather to congratulate graduates and ask them the all-important question, "Where's the ketchup?" followed by "What are your future plans?" While celebratory plans have changed in 2020, I remind us that life has not really changed. Three "words" for our graduates. First - congratulations. For the last 4 years, you've worked tirelessly and diligently to pursue your dreams. You've pulled all nighters. You've rehabbed injuries. You've celebrated victories and mourned defeats. I remind you that your goal is not a diploma. Your goal is YOU growing, maturing, and becoming the person you are today. Your goal is YOU becoming the incredible person God created you to be. Second "word" - expect the unexpected. Yes, life throws curveballs, but curveballs are a part of the game of life. Good batters learn to adjust their swing and timing. They learn how to hit fastballs, curveballs, and even change-ups. The coronavirus pandemic has thrown us all a curveball today. Tomorrow, an economic recession will throw a slider. Then, there will be personal or family crisis that throws a split-finger fastball. The good news is, the more you see these pitches, the better you become at hitting them. Even while you may "swing and miss" today, you will learn to adjust and emerge victorious tomorrow. Final "word" - give thanks. In the midst of the dismal, there is delight. In the midst of the bleak, there is beauty. As a church (not a baseball team,) we see this everyday. On Friday, we may host a funeral. On Saturday, we host a wedding. On Monday, we may grieve the loss of a close friend. On Tuesday, we rejoice at the birth of twins! So, don't focus on the disappointments. Instead, look for the opportunities. Don't linger on the losses. Look for the reasons to smile and laugh, dance and sing. This is the beauty and complexity (and gift) of life. Congratulations, graduates. Our church and pastors are praying for you. We look forward to seeing you start this new chapter of life. By the way, "Where is the ketchup?" Pastor Caleb

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