by Rex Yancey

A Word to the Graduates
Rex Yancey
Hebrews 12:1-3

A politician was once on his way to a meeting in Dublin but arrived late at the station. He jumped into a cab and told the driver to drive fast. Away went the car jolting over the streets. The politician said to the driver, ''Do you know where you are going?'' The driver said ''No, I don't know where we are going, but I'm driving very fast!''

This morning, that is a pretty good picture of modern man. However, I do want you to know where you are going. And, I want you to slow down and find out how to get where you are going.

One of life's great risks is that of losing heart. It is often a terminal risk--fatal to any more accomplishment and to life's deep joy. Most of us keep our minds, but we lose heart. I must tell you that the odds are against you. There is a world out there that is bent on your losing heart. I am not really worried about your achieving in your continued intellectual pursuits. I am concerned about your losing heart. This can happen to an institution, a nation, and to a generation of people.

You share life with a generation that has conquered space and lost heart. You live in a generation that has made the most dazzling intellectual achievements, and yet, lost heart over the future of the world. There are so many fears today that can steal your confidence and hope.

The writer of Hebrews gives a summary of life in these three verses. If you are wise, you will listen to what he has to say. Before long, a summary once given will turn into a summation. The ingredients are before you for success, for joy, and for keeping heart.

How can you keep heart throughout your life?


The Christian is not an unconcerned stroller along the byways of life; he is a wayfarer on the high road. He is not a tourist who returns each night to the place where he started; he is a pilgrim who is forever on the way. The goal is nothing less than the likeness of Christ. The ...

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