by Neil Saavedra
June is a month filled with celebration of scholastic graduations, some graduating from middle school into high school, some from high school into college and many young men and women are graduating from College to go out into the world hopefully to make a difference.
Some elementary schools even hold mini graduations for kids moving on from kindergarten.
Moving up and on is imperative to growth and to hinder it is to somehow hinder life itself.
Life is a process, it’s never meant to stand still, and never meant to go backwards.
Graduations publicly acknowledge that you’ve come from somewhere and you’re going somewhere. Moving from the past into the future.
If you think of graduation as simply a plateau to sit and rest on, you miss the whole point…graduation is part of the growing process…not a place to rest.
Yes, graduation is a milestone but you would do yourself a great disservice if you thought it meant you would no longer have the need to learn…or be a student…you should always strive be a student throughout the entirety of your life. Never stop learning.
Being in a constant state of learning not only builds intellect but it also builds discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
It’s not just about learning to fulfill your own plans but to learn what God’s plan is for you.
Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
God has a plan for you and it involves your gifts, your skills and the things you’ve learned, but it is more important than just those things….
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
God is the ultimate teacher…
Job 36:22 “Behold, God is exalted in His power;
Who is a teacher like Him?
The hope is that while you are being taught by God, you will learn more about God’s will and His commandments…
7. I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart,
When I learn Your righteous judgments.
71. It is good for me that I was afflicted,
That I may learn Your statutes.
73. Your hands made me and fashioned me;
Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.
And when you learn more about God’s will and His commandments, you will be transformed to be more like Christ.
“A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.
So life should be filled with graduations as you learn to do the things of God…
17. Learn to do good;
Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless,
Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.
But don’t be overwhelmed at all the learning you have set before you as God promises that you will not do it alone and that God Himself will perfect the process he has started with you…
6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…
Ephesians 5:10 says one should be…
“trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.”
So remember, out of everything you learn on this earth, the most important things are the things that please God…