The Commencement Speech

IMG_0609A few weekends ago, I was honored to go to my sister-in-law’s college graduation.  I went to show our love, support, and happiness for her amazing accomplishment!!  You go girl!!!  WOOHOO!!!

However, I never dreamed I was going to take notes during the commencement speech because the ceremony was SO GOOD!!!  (I’m such a dork.)

Love it when stuff like that takes me by surprise!

I honestly could write you the entire speech because I listened that intently and took copious notes.  But instead, I will share three of her ideas that spoke volumes to my life.

1. We are not supposed to live small, safe lives.  We are supposed to be overcomers.

2. There is power in uncertainty.

3. Fear is the cost we pay on the way to success.

The first idea, I think, speaks for itself.  My takeaway was that life is meant to be lived, not just drifted through and that we have to make each day count because it’s all we have.

Understanding that our “small” life can have a huge impact is essential on the path to successful living.  However, the other key to this journey is that success is not necessarily JOY.

For you are our glory and joy. 1Thessalonians 2:20

Joy only comes from God as His divine gift to us.  It comes when we surrender to His Will and His Plan, instead of marching down the path towards money, power and fame.

The second idea about there being power in uncertainty really intrigued me.

I think I’m interested in this statement because I feel like a big ball of uncertainty most of the time and it’s refreshing to hear that I’m not a complete freak :o)

The power from this complicated emotion comes when we realize that uncertainty helps us try new things, figure things out and open our eyes to the possibilities of life.

Think about how boring life would be if we had a set standard of how it should go.  As it is, we have opportunities abound and can choose our own path.  Pretty cool and more importantly, pretty exciting!

And then comes the fear part.  Man, I hate fear, but it is the cost of doing anything new, different or scary.

Again, if there was no fear, there wouldn’t be that rush of excitement and thrill when a feat is accomplished!!!

The commencement speaker stressed that our course of life is determined if we try things that are HARD.  It’s something I hadn’t really thought much about, but I find such truth in her statement.

She went on to say that we must beware of the comfort zone because it will suck the joy in life if we give into the uncertainty and fear that comes along for the ride.

Basically, we all have choices to make.  We can choose the hard right path or the easy wrong one.  Regardless, of our choices…it remains UP TO US.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these life pointers as much as I have.  Now, all we have to do is put them into practice!!!  Good luck!!

Congratulations to Jessica for a job well done!! Again, you go girl!!!

Some Wisdom for Today:  Proverbs 10:28 – The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.

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