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A Message to Graduates (published in The North Weld Herald 5/14/09)

posted Sep 7, 2013, 1:14 PM by Fccea Webmaster
Six-year-old Jennifer loved her teacher, so she was crest-fallen when first grade was over. In accordance with tradition at her school, Jennifer's class lined up to shake hands with Miss Hardy on the last day of school. When it was Jennifer's turn, she took Miss Hardy's hand, but then she could not help herself. She threw her arms around her teacher and said, "Miss Hardy, I love you so much. I wish you were smart enough to teach second grade!"

So, as a graduate you have at last shown yourself smarter than all of your teachers. You are moving on while they are staying where they are; none quite smart enough to teach the 13th grade. Congratulations! You have achieved a major milestone in life and you have gained knowledge. So what further advice could one give you as you launch into your adult life?

I have none from myself, but may I suggest a word from the wisest man who ever lived. You have knowledge, but he suggested you go one step beyond that when he said, "Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight" (Prov. 4:7). To emphasize the extreme importance of this advice he went on, "How much better to get wisdom than gold!" (Prov. 16:16). Better than wealth? That makes it pretty important, does it not?

So how does one get this wisdom? Solomon answers that question as well: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight." Wisdom comes from knowing and respecting God. Given that we we're created in the first place to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, does it not follow that failure to know, love and appreciate Him will leave a gap in our lives that cannot be filled in any other way -- no matter how hard we try?

Solomon further advises on the source of wisdom: "For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding" (Prov. 2:6). This points us straight to Scripture as the ultimate source for knowing God and deriving principles to live by. There is nothing you could do that would contribute more to your future happiness and success than to study, learn and apply the Bible to your life. All the wisdom of a benevolent Creator is waiting there to be mined, discovered and lived.

Perhaps you would expect advice like that from a pastor, but if you will allow me a personal note, it was principles derived from Scripture that I found most sustaining, productive and lasting through a lengthy career as a business executive. God's wisdom extends to every aspect of business, financial, personal, marriage and family life. It works; it brings true happiness and you never really get to the bottom of it.

My advice is to follow Solomon's advice! Marry the knowledge you have already gained to the wisdom contained in God;s Word, and you will be a winner.

By His Grace, Pastor Dave