This week our youngest son graduated from Charis Bible College in Colorado. Our oldest son, after already having a degree in Nuclear Medicine, is now taking more courses to add to his skills, and his wife is studying to become a Medical Assistant. It seems our family is doing a lot of graduating this year.
Graduating is celebrated as the achieving of a goal but it is also the beginning of looking forward to new ones.
It is the moving on to a new level, a higher plane, turning a new page in life. It is the leaving of something familiar to search out new territories and expanding boundaries.
Graduation is just a step in the learning process. We transition from kindergarten to elementary school, then middle school, high school, college or vocational schools. All are stepping stones to something greater. When we get a diploma, it's not finished, it just means well done. It documents that we are ready for the next phase.
Our lives have many graduations where we move into new eras. Each phase is a page in our book where memories and experiences are stored. Learning from our mistakes graduates us to a different place where what is behind us is not wasted, but a trophy to place on the shelf of life. Even tarnished trophies tell a story. They lead to the gleaming, shiny ones.
Our ultimate graduation will be when we leave this earth and move the tassel on the mortarboard of earthbound school to the diploma of glory. And that will only be the beginning.
You may be listening to Pomp and Circumstance more than one time this year. If you or someone you know are graduating, or if you have graduated to a new experience in life, share your celebrations with us in the comments below.