The graduation cards read, “Good Luck! You did it! Congratulations on your outstanding effort! You’re going to go far! Reach for the stars! Insert money here.” I was hoping to find something a little more heart-warming and perhaps God-honoring.
Yes, it takes effort for most students to get good grades. And some graduates have worked very hard to pass all their classes in good standing. But have we thought about our God-given gifts and abilities? The brains He blesses us with? The wisdom, guidance, and encouragement of the Holy Spirit as we’ve “burned the midnight oil”? OK, maybe I should write greeting cards … or at least find another place to shop.
As I perused the racks of greetings, my mind drifted to a question. What legacy will this graduate leave for the next generation? Will she be remembered for going to a top-notch school and excelling in everything she attempts? Will she be honored for her cuteness, friendliness, and bubbly personality? Will she be known for caring about others and going out of her way to love and serve them? Will she touch people with God’s love and grace? Will she share with others the gifts God has so richly given her?
As we pray for our graduates during this season, let’s also pray for the legacy each will leave. Let’s pray they will walk with God and bless others along the way. Let’s encourage them with the words of Solomon in Proverbs 3:3-6:
“Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He will make your paths straight.”
That seems worthy of congratulations!