A Graduation Challenge by Rex Yancey

A Graduation Challenge
Rex Yancey
Psalm 32:8

Congratulations! You have come to a time of transition. It is the biggest transition you have faced in your life up to this point. It is reminiscent of the lad who visited the Grand Canyon with his family. His Dad gave him a diary and asked him to make an entry each day of his insights and observations.

The lad stood on the edge of a very high cliff and spit as hard as he could. He seemed to get a thrill out of the experience. That night, he made his entry in his journal of the days activities.

His father slipped into his room after he had gone to sleep. He saw his journal and could not stand the temptation. He opened the diary and this is what it said, ''Today I spit two miles!''

That was quite an accomplishment. But you also have made quite an accomplishment. Yogi Berra said ''When you come to a fork in the road, take it!'' Well, you have come to a fork in the road.

Psalm 32 can be divided into three sections: 1-5 contains confessions and forgiveness; 6-7 speaks of deliverance and preservation; and 8-11 offers guidance for life's journey.

John Bunyan wrote Pilgrim's Progress. In one of the chapters Christian and Hopeful leave the City of Destruction in pursuit of Mt. Zion. They meet many obstacles and temptations along the way-and so will you.

What are some steps you can take to finish the journey? You cannot arrive at the right destination unless you travel the right road.


Breathe a sigh of relief. Some of you thought you would never make it. You have! We need to celebrate significant goals in life. We can do that without the presence of mind altering drugs.

When I graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with my doctor's degree, someone sent me a card that pictured a dog climbing stairs. He had made it to the top of the stairs and there was a bone. I had faced one obstacle after another until I finally made it. It was a time of celebration for me. You have ...

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