Parting Words for Graduating Seniors
There was a monk who lived in mortal fear of having to speak in chapel. The head of the monastery came to him one day and gave him that dreaded assignment. He stayed up all night as nervous as a cat. The next morning, he stood up to speak to his peers and said, ''Brothers, do you know what I am going to say?'' They nodded their heads that they did. He said, ''Since you already know what I am going to say, there is no point in my saying it. Let's all stand and have the benediction.''
The head monk was livid. He said, ''You have the same assignment tomorrow and you had better come through with your chapel talk.'' Once again he spent a miserable night trying to think of something to say. The next morning, he stood up and said, ''Brothers, do you know what I am going to say?'' They shook their heads that they did not know. He said, ''Neither do I, let's all stand and have the benediction.''
The chief monk was irate. He gave him the assignment for the next morning and told him there would be consequences if he didn't speak.
Once again he spent the night tossing and turning trying to think of something to say. The next day he said, ''Brothers, do you know what I am going to say?'' Some nodded their head in the affirmative and some shook their head in the negative. He said, ''Let those who know tell those who don't. Let's all stand and have the benediction.''
I said all that to say this. I have struggled to know what to say to you before I make my move to North Mississippi. There is a lot I would like to say. However, as is true with life, we have to boil things down in the pot. Therefore, I have chosen Philippians 4:13 as my text. Paul says, ''I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.''
This text is one of the most amazing statements of self-esteem inside or outside the Bible. What really makes it amazing is it is made by a man who is experiencing some adverse circumstances ...
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