575360_483717248367906_1282180342_n-2It is that time of year!  We attend graduation or commencement ceremonies and congratulate those who have finished a course of study.  It is interesting to me that though we think of this time as an end, the word “commencement” actually means “the act or time of commencing; beginning; start” (Webster’s New World College Dictionary, p. 280).  So, though the celebrations go on for the completed work, we should as well be looking forward to what is ahead.  Paul told us in Philippians 3:13-14, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”  Although we recognize the end of a certain level of study, let us all press forward to what is before us!


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