Wisdom and Advice for Graduates
John Telgren

This time of year is an exciting one as family, friends and loved ones graduate. Congratulations to all our graduates! Here are some words of wisdom and advice as you transition to the next phase of your life.

"My father always told me, "Find a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life." - Jim Fox

"Whenever it is possible, a boy should choose some occupation which he should do even if he did not need the money." - William Lyon Phelps

"What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God." - Eleanor Powell

"Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps." - David Lloyd George

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going". -Beverly Sills

"Watch how you dress. The finger-tip rule no longer applies, but good taste does." - Source unknown

"Remember that there is more to life than this life. Don't run your roots too deeply here. Don't buy too much stock in the here and now. Downsize your empire. Store up treasures in heaven where the dividends are guaranteed. Don't sell your soul for a cup of porridge. Don't be a nincompoop." - Ron Carlson

The greatest of all comes from the mouth of our Lord Jesus Christů

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." - The Lord Jesus Christ in Matt 6:19-21

These are the best words when we move to the next phase of life. In the years again, we increase and prosper. We add an education, a car, a job, a house, a spouse, a family, a retirement account, and a number of other things into our lives as the years go by. The thing we need to remember is that many of these things are temporal. They are of this earth. Age, decay, moth, or rust will eventually destroy them. When they don't get will be destroyed by fire when Christ returns again (2 Pet 3:10-12).

In everything, it is of the utmost importance to remember to keep our priorities straight. We need to remember what is most important in life. The number one priority in life is to love God. Everything in your life flows from this. Your godly character, your role as a loving spouse, a focused parent, and a supportive Christian brother or sister should flow from your love for God. It is these sorts of things that will have an eternal impact beyond this life. It is these sorts of things that are unaffected by moth and rust.

In all we do and in all of our plans, we need to remember that the Lord is always to be an the center of it all.