It is time to make some decisions

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Congratulations to all graduates! I realize that some of you have worked hard and did the very best that you could. I, also, know that many of you just did enough to get by; your only concern was getting out of school.

To those who received awards for their outstanding achievements: Your recognition at this time is well deserved.

My message to all the graduating classes of 2011 is to remember that mediocrity is the enemy of greatness.

To everyone who receives a diploma: Let me remind you that graduation is not the end but the beginning of a new life. It’s time to make some important decisions. If you’re a high school graduate and have decided to further your education, you must decide which college you will attend and in what field you want to specialize.

To the young people who will enter the work force: You must decide if you just want a job or an opportunity to learn a trade and enjoy life while making a living.

I am reminded of something that I heard over 32 years ago. It was from a motivational lecture, and the speaker said, “Most people die at age 21; they just don’t get buried until they are 75 or 80.” I didn’t understand that statement then, but now I know perfectly well that it means most people just exist. They don’t really live and enjoy life.

I remember one of my daughters coming home from school one day and repeating what her teacher had said. “Daddy,” she said, “did you know that successful people don’t have a good attitude because they are successful; they are successful because they had a good attitude.”

Please allow me to encourage everyone who is graduating to remember that America, with all her troubles, is still the land of opportunity. My prayer for each of you is that you tackle the future with enthusiasm and with a desire to make this world a better place in which to live.

I am also reminded of the remarks of the late president, John Kennedy as he took his oath of office. He said, “Let us not ask what our country can do for us, but what we can do for our country.” The most successful people are those who are givers and not takers.

I’m excited about the opportunities that are available to all the graduates. It’s your choice. Will you be a giver or a taker? Will you possess a positive attitude, or will you be negative? Will you choose to live life to the fullest or just exist? It’s entirely up to you!

My advice to you is to seek wisdom. Where do you find wisdom? Wisdom is found in the Bible. I strongly suggest you read and study God’s Word. It’s the best advice you will ever get. When you read it, concentrate on I Corinthians 2:9, which says, “Eye had not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of men, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” This promise is from God, and I know that He keeps every promise.

My wife and I send our congratulations and best wishes to all the graduates. May God bless all of you! Have a great life!

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