Sharing a little more about graduation this past Saturday…
Homeschool graduations are smaller affairs than your average high school graduation. So each parent had the opportunity to share something they wanted to say to their graduate. So I thought I’d share with you what I said to my girl…
“I tried to think of some advice I wanted to give you today, but you already do most of it. You eat your vegetables, you brush and floss and make your bed. You think of others. You do what’s right, even when it’s not what’s easy. You work hard, and ask questions when you don’t understand, and then you work hard some more. You create. You laugh. You have courage and wisdom, and you make the world around you a better place. And you love the Lord and trust Him even in the hard times. I heard someone say recently ~ “you’ll know you are a success if you can look at your son and daughter and know they turned out better than you.” And I thought: Yup!
But there are two things I want to say to you today. The first is this: When I look back at the last 12 years ~ the years of your schooling, I remember a lot of hard work ~ on your part and mine. Not to mention the love and support of your father and your brother. But I know it wasn’t just the four of us who worked on your education. So I sat down and made a list of the people who have been a part of helping you become the amazing young woman you are. I came up with 114 names. That’s what homeschooling looks like. 114 people ~ and I know I’m forgetting people ~ who have loved you and taught you in some way. Teachers, relatives, coaches, mentors, pastors, and friends.
The second thing I want to say to you ties in with that, and it has to do with Zechariah 4:6, when the Lord said to Zerubbabel, “‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.” In that verse, the idea behind the word “might” refers to collective strength; the resources of a group. The word “power” focuses on individual strength. So God is saying that it’s not because of the efforts of your dad and me, or those 114 people… and it’s not because of your efforts. It is His Spirit, working in us and through us, and in you and through you to grow you and perfect you, for all of your lifetime.
So I guess all I can say to you is: just keep doing what you’re doing. Keep learning, keep working… keep being courageous and wise… Keep flossing and keep praying… Keep thanking Him and keep trusting Him. Your future is bright.
~ “Train up a child in the way she should go,
And when she is old, she will not depart from it.” ~