by James Merritt

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Honor Graduate (5 of 10)
Series: Homeland Security
James Merritt
Exodus 20:12


To be an honor graduate is considered quite an accomplishment. These honors, as you know, are in Latin and they are used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree is earned. There are typically three types of Latin honors in order of increasing level of honor. They are: Cum Laude (with honor), Magna Cum Laude (with great honor) and Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor). One of my goals when I went to college was to be an honor graduate. I didn't want to get an ordinary degree. I wanted a degree that signified I had graduated with a distinction of being a good student.

There is another type of honor graduate that I want to talk about today from a totally different university. Someone has described the home as the ''University of Life.'' I think that is a good description, because the home is where your personality is formed. It is where you learn manners, how to talk, how to walk, how to relate to others, and the difference from right and wrong. The day comes when all of us graduate from that university. Here is the difference between this university and any other. Everyone can graduate from the University of Life with honors if you will do one thing and that is keep the fifth commandment.

''Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God will give you.''
(Exodus 20:12, NLT)

If you ever doubted that the Ten Commandments were primarily for the family, this ought to seal the deal. God spends the first four commandments saying, ''It is all about Me.'' He tells us four things: ''Put me first; Don't misrepresent Me; Don't misuse my name; Take one day off a week and give it to Me.'' Now, He begins to talk about us and the people around us. The first group He begins with, amazingly, is not political leaders, not the rich, not the powerful and it is not the famous; it is the parent ...

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