Although my tongue is firmly planted in my cheek when I make that statement you read in the title, I do think this is good advice!
Today I sat in an arena normally used for basketball games but today was decorated with beautifully draped panels of the school’s colors and the court filled with white chairs upon which sat 580 young people who had completed their studies and were receiving a diploma as proof of it. I looked at their faces as they came across the stage after receiving that important piece of paper, they were thrilled to be done and excited, maybe not all but I’m thinking most, to go out and change the world. I watched as with up-turned faced they listened to their “go forth” speeches, one which advised them to “make room” for more things than just the norm and I wondered if they were really hearing the words that were being spoken to them or if they were just excited about being through with exams and term papers and looking forward to the celebration parties they were all going to have after the ceremony. As part of the older generation I wonder if we have given them a good world to come into and I mentally saw them as if they were being born into a new life just as they had been twenty or so years ago, being pulled from the safety and security of a mother’s womb into a world where there would be a lot of times they would have to fend for themselves.
What can you show to our future doctors, lawyers, merchants, dads, moms that they wouldn’t know without you? Have you given them a good example of what a Christian young person should be in the world today? Or have you shown them anger, quick tempers, and prejudices?
I leave you with a quote that I feel sums it all up succinctly,
“We are apt to forget that children watch examples better than they listen to preaching.”– Roy L. Smith