You have made your Dad and I so proud in so many ways.
I love this picture that my sister took at AJ's graduation last week. His confident cheerful swagger as he entered the graduation ceremony testifies to his confident cheerful demeanor.
Graduations are reminders of the changing seasons of our lives. While this is the end of AJ's high school days, it is the beginning of an exciting new chapter of his life. What he learned and experienced in high school contributes to the person he will be tomorrow.
Not surprising that I see this as a metaphor for our lives in Christ. The experiences that we have while here on earth serve to mold us into the person that God wants us to be, both here and in the hereafter. As the Apostle Paul said, "our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all." Our life on earth is preparation for the job that God has planned for us for eternity.
My prayer is that you and I will face eternity with a confident cheerful swagger knowing that the best is yet to come, that we have been prepared to face the future, a future that is superior to anything that we have ever known. May we view our passage as a graduation filled with hopeful expectation.
"For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth." Psalm 71:5
"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death." Philippians 1:20