A Future Full of Hope…
For those who are graduating, I offer these words of hope from the book of Jeremiah:
For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope. -Jeremiah 29:11, NAB
Over the next month, students at all levels will be graduating. Whether they are graduating from middle school, high school, or college, it is an important step to the next phase of their lives. While we focus primarily on what they have done in the past, what is really important is what they do from here in the future.
Education is an important part of our lives. It helps us to gain the skills and knowledge we need to build successful careers, it allows us to become productive members of society, and our spiritual education brings us to a closer, more productive relationship with God.
When we graduate, we often see it as the end of the road, but truly, it is just another stop along the journey of life. We are never too old to stop learning. I can personally attest to this. Last week, my wife and I graduated with our Bachelor’s degrees. After years of hard work, juggling a full-time job with our studies, we walked across the stage to receive our degrees.
Pursuing an education as an adult was one of the most difficult things I have ever done, but I can already see the positive results from it. In fact, without my education in information technology, WakingUpCatholic.com would not be here today. Chances are, you would not be reading this post right now. I never imagined my life going this direction, but I can see now God’s plan in all of it.
Whether you are just graduating high school and getting ready for what the world has to offer, or you are an adult still contemplating whether to go back to school or not, realize that we never truly stop learning. We may not step inside another classroom, but we will always continue to grow in knowledge.