High School Graduation season is here. Some have already walked across the stage and received their High School Diploma.
Tonight our son, Andrew, will take that walk – one I took on a different stage 30 years ago. He has plans laid out for college and graduate school, but tonight he takes a big step along with thousands of others 17-19 year olds across the United States.
As he and others enter the post-high school phase of life, I offer advice that has stood the test of time.
- To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth—Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. Proverbs 1:2-10
- The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13.
I want to give all of the graduates a blessing. A blessing to take with them wherever they go and however far life takes them. You can pass this along to the graduates you know:
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you;
the Lord lift up His countenance toward you and give you peace.