It’s the final week of school, at least for some of the school districts around my area.
It’s the last week for the seniors of our church to walk the hallways of Hemphill High School or to roam around Broaddus High.
By this time next week all will have fresh diplomas and will be moving on to greener pastures, exciting adventures, and open opportunities.
A tear comes to my eye every time I sit in a high school graduation. It’s not enough for anyone to see, it’s just that burning sensation that lets you know that you could cry.
I know what will happen when I watch the graduation ceremony at the end of the week.
I will sit and listen. I will watch and be proud for each graduate as they cross the stage, take a diploma, receive a hearty handshake, and move the tassel from one side of the cap to the other.
But I can’t help but wonder what will become of each graduate I see, many whom I do not even know.
There will be those that go to colleges and universities and those that go to work. Some will find life in the armed forces and others will get married and settle down and have children.
Perhaps in the lot we will see the emergence of a preacher, a nurse, a politician, a policeman, or a teacher that will return back to the school from where he or she graduated.
There may also be drug users, alcoholics, sexual predators, junkies, prostitutes, pornographers, rapists, murderers or such.
It’s hard to imagine what these young adults will do or become.
David graduated from being a shepherd boy to king.
Jeremiah was a young nobody and became a young prophet.
John went from fisherman to apostle.
The young man Absalom went from being the king’s son to the king’s enemy and lost his life.
A young man named Cain killed another young man, his brother Abel.
For the graduates that will read this I leave these words from Solomon: Young people, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do. So refuse to worry, and keep your body healthy. But remember that youth, with a whole life before you, is meaningless. Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth. Eccl 11:9-12:1