There are obvious points in life when questions regarding the future come to the front. What’s next? Where am I going? What will I do? What is God’s plan for my life?
This Sunday the East Robertson graduating class will assemble at Mt. Carmel for their “Baccalaureate” service. Each year this religious service is held on the Sunday prior to commencement exercises. Graduation is Saturday, May 21.
This is what I plan to tell them — God’s main purpose for you is not what you do. It’s who you become.
It’s taken me a good portion of my life to come to the conclusion that God is more interested in who I am than what I do. Not that it’s easy to separate the two!
As a parent, if I always told my kids what to do — wear these clothes, take this job, marry this person—they might do what I say. Their circumstances might even turn out OK. But chances are, they might not become all that they could.
I have learned that to grow into a first-rate person, you have to learn how to make choices, exercise good judgment, take personal responsibility, and continually learn. There is no short cut. So, as a parent, if I want my children to become excellent people, we have to learn to teach them how to make wise choices.
I believe God does the same. God knows that you and I will grow if we have to make choices.
“Knowing God’s will” is not a way of escaping the anxiety and responsibility of making decisions. We must choose. There’s no code to break, no secret message, no trick method, no handwriting in the sky. God gives us the freedom to choose.
So I’m going to say, “Class, you have to choose what’s next, where you are going and who you will become.”
Question: How do you know God’s will for your life? I’m interested in what you have learned. What do you think I should tell them?