Pomp and circumstance

May 23rd, 2018

It’s graduation season! Timing will vary slightly by region, but senior classes all over the nation are going through the gauntlet that is high school graduation. From finals to parties, the ceremony is just one small piece of the celebration. For obvious reasons, the seniors are the center of attention this time of year, but the end of the school year is a time of transition for everyone related to education — students, teachers, principals, parents and on it goes. Even Sunday morning gatherings like yours change dynamics every year as summer arrives. New grades, new schools, summer jobs, big moves or even just a change in routine can create apprehension or excitement in both teens and adult leaders.

Dr. Seuss for adults

One of the most popular gifts for the graduating class is the classic Dr. Seuss picture book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! It is a book about the adventures that await us in life, both good and bad. It is encouraging, daring and hopeful. It seems to strike that perfect balance between nostalgia for the childhood that is ending and optimism for the future ahead. There are even special graduation keepsake editions of the books, as well as themed party supplies.

Focus is key

When first reading the book, because it is written for four to eight-year-olds, the focus is all about the wonder of going out to explore the world. Highlights include things you will see, places you will visit, hardships you will endure and more. As only Dr. Seuss can do with his imaginative drawings and rhyming vocabulary, he takes the generic and makes it personal. But consider that all of those experiences can take place only if you first go! The book is not titled: Oh, the Shows You’ll Binge. To live a full life, you have to choose to go, and you have to choose to go in the way of the Lord.

Question of the day: What are three things on your “bucket list”?
Focal scriptures: Zechariah 7:9-11; Deuteronomy 28:6-11; Matthew 28:16-20 

For a complete lesson on this topic visit LinC.

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