Many of us are witnessing the next adult steps of the younger generation, and walk a little prouder due to their achievements.
Our nephew graduated from Virginia Military Institute (VMI), donned his Marine uniform for the first official time, was pinned by his mother & sister, saluted by his father, and if that wasn't enough he crowned it with the Society of Cincinnati Medal (the faculty award for efficiency of service & excellence of character).
As a non-parent the view of such a milestone is very different. I provided no influence for this young man's achievements, and was only a distant family member. Yet, there is honor in that very distance, causing me to pause and consider...there are graduates in whom their families believe and have in them witnessed the very same strong attributes.
What does it mean to be an Efficient Servant? What are the characteristics of Excellence? Many first thoughts are those of achievements. The Bible gives us the guidelines for both and reminds us that in our striving for both pitfalls will occur. In the guidelines, the Bible also reminds us of how we respond to the pitfalls an Efficient Servant & an Excellent character manifest
Congratulations to the graduates of educational levels and vocation. May you continue to strive for growth in life, may you find your grounding and footing when challenged, may you look inwardly for knowledge & act with grace in Wisdom, and may you daily walk humbly with your Savior.
One personal note : I, Barbara, have had many growth influences in my nearly 55 years. Mom always placed spiritual ones in my path, luckily for us the Jesus movement was strong in those days. There were many musical influences; John Michael Talbot was one. I was given a great gift by Andrew to see John preform in a 300 year old church in Albuquerque last week. The video below isn't from that church but is still the essence of the spiritual evening I experienced.
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