“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” Charles Spurgeon
We’ve been spending the week with our daughter and family in South Carolina.We’re here to celebrate our second son’s graduation from high school tomorrow. Last night we attended a dinner to honor these 80 young people who will soon be spreading their wings. There were many speeches about the challenges they’d face – the hard work which would ensue – the saying goodbye to the old and pushing forth to the new and uncharted adventure called life. Wonderful words, by students themselves, on how their Christian education has prepared them for these things.
In this short expanse of their existence, they also face fear of the unknown – temptations of a world gone crazy – a world of insanity and disorder. There will be problems they’ve never experienced before – like cooking their own meals, doing laundry, getting up in time for work or classes, but more than that. They’re the new generation – inheritors of what has been left for them by the previous ones. The groundwork for their success depends not only what they will bring to the table, but what has already transpired in history.
What kind of legacy has been left for these young men and women? After listening to those speeches last night, I believe they are going to be a generation of fixers. They will pick up the pieces and put them back into place. They will deal with the madness and give hope to a nation filled with doubt. We must depend on our young to do this.
The messes which have occurred over the past decades will not go away quickly. The turn-around is going to take time, but I believe that, with Gods intervention, it will happen. As part of the aging generation I’m counting on that, because when He is at the center of our work, it will succeed.
So to the classes of 2017, push on to that goal. Your bright minds, your great innovations, your determination and youth, will open your eyes to the need for change and direct you to do something about it. Your perseverance to win the race and make a difference, backed by the hand of God, will make it happen.
“ And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6