L.A. Brooks


It’s that time of year when graduation announcements come in the mail, and families dig deep into their pockets to help make that special day extra special. Extended family as well as friends, all share in the joy of the student’s accomplishment. Be it high school, college, or even elementary school, graduation day is worthy of celebration.

Some children like school, but for me it was a necessary evil. I did not care for the daily rigors of assignments, grades, tests, and more assignments. Some subjects, like math, were more difficult than others. My favorite subject was probably gym. Classmates were another challenge. Many were mocking and cruel. Real friends were few, but with the encouragement of family and loved ones, I made it through elementary, middle school, and high school.

Graduation day was filled with excitement as we looked forward to marching in our cap and gowns to receive our diplomas. “Pomp and Circumstance” playing in the background sounded so noble. The atmosphere boosted our sense of victory for achieving a worthy goal. I had not only completed my studies, I had done it with honors!!! It was a priceless moment; one I’ll never forget.

As an adult, I have viewed life and its trials like my classroom in school. Some situations were like my struggles in english to master the correct usage of grammar. I kept making mistakes and getting poor grades, but there came a day when understanding kicked in, and I got better and better. Misunderstandings in communication are like this. Unless you get an understanding (which usually requires more in depth communication), offenses are bound to reoccur.

The Bible says in Proverbs, Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way? (20:24) and There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.(14:12) It takes a wisdom and power greater than our own to navigate safely through life. The great Creator wants us to learn from our mistakes and failures, not give up to defeat and perish.

If you are having problems with school work, there is afterschool help, tutors, study sessions with smart classmates. Many times, we have to seek out help, but failure is also a choice. If you choose to not work hard, do only what comes easy and skip or cheat, you do yourself the greatest disservice.

Jesus, the sinless Son of God, declared, I am the way, the truth and the life . . . (St. John 14:6a). If anyone can guide us successfully through life, it is the author of life Himself. When we accept Him, by faith, into our hearts, we start learning the ABCs of how to truly live. As we continue to grow in grace (St. John 8:31), we may one day say, as the Apostle Paul,

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing (II Timothy 4:6-8) — Graduation Day!



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