“ To those of you who received honors, awards, and distinctions, I say well done. To all of you “C” students, you too may one day be president of the United States. – George W. Bush

For the past year or so , it could be said that George W. Bush has been one of the most maligned men in America. He has received the blame for many of the country’s failures whether it is deserved or not. I personally have always liked the guy. One of his great strengths in my opinion is his ability to good naturedly poke fun at the guy he sees in the mirror every morning. Such is the case with the above quote. He was never known for his scholastic achievements and he states such with his encouragement to fellow “C” students.

He made this statement at a graduation ceremony and tis the season as they say…for the month of May is traditionally known as cap and gown time. It is an exciting milestone for hundreds of thousands of folks all across our country. A time for smiles, tears, shaking hands and turning tassels. A proud time, a hopeful time and in some way…a time for looking back as well.

Tonight I will be attending the graduation ceremony of a small friend of mine. He is only five years old and he will be walking down the aisle to pomp and circumstance for the very first time. It is his kindergarten graduation….the cutest of all ceremonies. He has successfully completed the requirements to walk out that K-5 door and into the big world of first grade next year. Likewise in a couple of weeks, I will be attending another kindergarten graduation as I proudly watch my first grandchild receive his diploma as well. These little guys and gals are really just beginning the school journey but do not tell them that….no way…to them, they have hit the big time as that tassel swings back and forth on their big night.

Twelve years from now they will be marching to the same graduation tune, only this time they will have a few more years and a lot more lessons learned under their belts. Not just academic lessons either…but truths about life. They will know more about effort, about relationships, about consistency and cooperation. Hopefully they will understand the importance of perseverance and patience and how to be a good loser and a gracious winner and how to share and just how to be a kind and respectful person. This would be our prayer for high school graduates as they embark on a new phase of their lives. What I would hope most for them however is that they truly understand that while those grades on their report cards are important, it is not the highest achievement…not by a long shot. What truly matters is their makeup….their character, their mettle, the fabric of who they are on the inside, not necessarily what they have accomplished on paper.

May all graduates at all levels grasp this truth as they walk across platforms this year. If they do, they will stride into their future with a more sure sense of who they are and what God’s plan is for their lives. They will be comfortable in their own skin and solid in the knowledge of how they need to approach what lies ahead.

Classes of 2010 everywhere……Congratulations and God Bless !

Proverbs 16:3 – Commit thy works unto the Lord and thy thoughts will be established