John Adams the second President of the United States once said,
“There are two types of education: One teaches us how to make a living, and the other how to live.”
The Bible gives us great guidelines on how to live in this world.
1. Face your Fears
– 2 Tim 1:7 tells us “God hasn’t given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” It isn’t wrong to be faced with fear, but we cannot let that fear control us. There are many things that would try to keep you from having the courage to follow your heart and fulfill your purpose. Always remember that God has equipped you with everything you need to succeed.
2. Forget Your Failures – Philippians 3: 13-14 remind us “Forgetting what is behind and reaching toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me.” Success is usually found at the end of a series of failures. Winston Churchill gave a powerful speech to the graduating class at Oxford University during WWII. He stood at the podium and said, “NEVER GIVE UP!” Waited about 30 seconds and repeated “NEVER GIVE UP” and walked off the stage. Enough said!
3. Follow your Faith - Hebrews 12:1-3 instructs us to “lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is before us…keeping our eyes on Jesus.” Apollo 13, as we remember, had some major mechanical malfunctions. The possibility of making it was slim and they did not have instruments to tell them which direction to go. So Jim Lovell found his reference point. He kept his eyes on that reference point and they made it. We must never loosing sight of our reference point…Jesus.
Congratulations graduate…go and live GREAT!