Graduation celebrations are a part of our culture and life. It is such a special time to celebrate with family and friends the accomplishments of the graduate. In a few short days, I even get to experience the graduation of my five-year-old grandson, Josiah! From preschool to college graduations and beyond, there are so many lessons for all of us in this season of graduations. Here are a few:There are so many lessons for all of us in this season of graduations. Here are a few: Click To Tweet
6 Things We Learn from Graduations
- Focus on the future.
Graduation is a launching event to the future. It says loud and clear someone has accomplished something significant that has prepared them for something before them. It is good to keep our eyes on the future. Whatever has gone on in the past, we have the opportunity of the future before us.
- Work hard.
Work is required to graduate in the form of time, commitment, discipline, and resolve. Hard work, disciplined work is good for all of us. No matter what season of life, we need to work hard to accomplish a goal. Wishing for something and wanting something enough to work for it are two different positions in life. Don’t wish your life away, set goals and work to accomplish them.
- Seize the time and the opportunities.
The opportunity to pursue an education is a great privilege. We should steward well the times in our lives when we can learn, expand our competencies, and/or acquire new skills. There are growth opportunities in front of you right now. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn.
- A new thing is possible.
Graduates have reached a major milestone. They have given several years of their life to do a new thing. And they did it. The graduation ceremony is a celebration with a degree awarded to mark this accomplishment. You can do a new thing too no matter what season of life you are in.
- Community is important.
There is nothing that says group better than a graduating class all in cap and gown! That moment when the hats are tossed and the shout of celebration is heard there is a powerful unity that the graduating class did this together. We don’t do life alone and there are people in your community that will journey with you as you grow, stretch, and reach new accomplishments.
- It is good to celebrate transitions.
Celebrate the milestones in your life and in the life of others. Celebrations are good for everyone – those who are center stage and for all those that are in the stands cheering you on. Your family, your children, your friends, and your coworkers will enjoy the celebration as much as you.
I recently spent a week with my 90-year-old Dad who is still going strong. One of the nuggets of wisdom he shared with me is the joy he has in learning more about God through the study of scripture and through the community of believers in his church. No matter what season of life you are in, keep learning, growing, and celebrating life.No matter what season of life you are in, keep learning, growing, and celebrating life. Click To Tweet
“Don’t abandon wisdom, and she will watch over you; love her, and she will guard you. Wisdom is supreme – so get wisdom. And whatever else you get, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; if you embrace her, she will honor you. She will place a garland of grace on your head; she will give you a crown of beauty.” Proverbs 4:6-9
How do graduations inspire and challenge you?