What a great time of year, this graduation season! High school and college grads are celebrating and planning their next steps, while families congratulate them and wonder where the time went. The whole “graduation experience” may be getting a little overdone, mind you, with pre-school grad, kindergarten grad, elementary grad, and middle school grad. Still, these are wonderful markers and milestones.
One of the challenges of adulthood is that we don’t get to enjoy such ceremonial life progressions. My most recent grad ceremony, completing a degree at the MB Seminary, was 17 years ago! That’s a long time, and there are no more of these on the horizon for me either. Adult life is not marked by these kinds of big milestones every 4-7 years, while the glory days fade further into the past.
Sounds sad, doesn’t it? But wait, we have this backwards. Graduations are really not meant to be about the past; a graduation is all about what’s to come, what’s next, what the future holds.
It’s a tragic thing when a person can only look backward, whether at high school, college, or a past experience, and say, “Those were the best days of my life.” Don’t misunderstand me – I had a great time in high school, college and seminary but I never want that to be the peak of my life. My best days aren’t behind, they are right now, and they are even yet to come!
Your days right now can be the best ever, if you’ll let the Lord continue to direct you, and if you’ll keep learning and growing. Read new material. Get engaged in the worship and teaching at church. Find ways to serve the Lord alongside others in the body of Christ. Get out and experience creation. Keep learning new things.
Proverbs 9:9 says,
“Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.”
If we’re wise and getting wiser, righteous and gaining knowledge, if we’re growing in qualities like grace, mercy, wisdom, and generosity, we can be sure the best really is yet to come.
The past? It was great. The future? I’m hopeful. And right now? I want to make these the best days so far.
How about you?