Graduates: "if a turtle is sitting on a fence post, it had to have some help getting there." That's the one thing I remember from the keynote at my college graduation from ETBU on June 1, 2016. It's still true today. You haven't got to where you are today without the significant of others in your life: parents, pastors, teachers, friends, grandparents, coaches, siblings, counselors, and on and on it could go. You get the point. No man is an island. We all need help; and if you're graduating, you've had lots of it. Some you asked for. Some you didn't. Some you wanted. Some, not so much. Practical. Spiritual. Educational. Familial. Serious. Silly. Help of all kind. It's has been extended to you to get you where you are today and to propel and catapult you into the glorious unknown of the future. Help. You can take it or leave it. You can buy into it or sell it. The choice is yours. And the future is before you. Don't forget one important piece of timeless truth to live by on this topic of help from God's Word in Hebrews 13:7:
Remember those who led you; who spoke the Word of God to you. And considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.
In simple terms: remember those who made a difference in your life - who went the extra mile on your behalf. Be grateful. Follow their example, especially those who don't just talk a good talk; but they walk a good walk. Be an imitator.
Be imitators of Christ...Eph. 5:1
Walk in a manner worthy...Eph. 4:1
God bless you graduates. And remember: the turtle reached new heights with the help of others that he would've never reached on his own. You can do the same.