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A Graduation Challenge by Rex Yancey

Congratulations! You have come to a time of transition. It is the biggest transition you have faced in your life up to this point. It is reminiscent of the lad who visited the Grand Canyon with his family. His Dad gave him a diary and asked him to make an entry each day of his insights and observations.

The lad stood on the edge of a very high cliff and spit as hard as he could. He seemed to get a thrill out of the experience. That night, he made his entry in his journal of the days activities.

His father slipped into his room after he had gone to sleep. He saw his journal and could not stand the temptation. He opened the diary and this is what it said, ”Today I spit two miles!”

That was quite an accomplishment. But you also have made quite an accomplishment. Yogi Berra said ”When you come to a fork in the road, take it!” Well, you have come to a fork in the road.

Psalm 32 can be divided into three sections: 1-5 contains confessions and forgiveness; 6-7 speaks of deliverance and preservation; and 8-11 offers guidance for life’s journey.

John Bunyan wrote Pilgrim’s Progress. In one of the chapters Christian and Hopeful leave the City of Destruction in pursuit of Mt. Zion. They meet many obstacles and temptations along the way-and so will you.

What are some steps you can take to finish the journey? You cannot arrive at the right destination unless you travel the right road.

1. CELEBRATION

Breathe a sigh of relief. Some of you thought you would never make it. You have! We need to celebrate significant goals in life. We can do that without the presence of mind altering drugs.

When I graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with my doctor’s degree, someone sent me a card that pictured a dog climbing stairs. He had made it to the top of the stairs and there was a bone. I had faced one obstacle after another until I finally made it. It was a time of celebration for me. You have reached the bone. There will be other bones; however, this is a significant one.

I heard about a senior who was about to hand his father his failing report card. He said, ”Before I hand you this, I want you to look at your old report card I found in the attic!”

This is a time of celebration for you, your parents, your teachers, and your spiritual leaders. So celebrate!

2. CONTEMPLATION

This is a good time to have some serious thoughts. One fourth of your life is over if you live to seventy. What will you do with the rest of your life? What you do in the next four or five years will set the stage for the rest of your life.

1. You have a journey to make that is planned by God.

-Jeremiah 1:5 says ”Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you. I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

-Acts 9:15-16 says ”He is a chosen instrument of mine…”

-Ephesians 2:10 says ”For we are His workmanship, created in Christ J …