For many of you, this time of year is a time to celebrate graduations with friends and loved ones. This Friday, my family will be celebrating the graduation of our son from pre-school. Graduation marks a time in the lives of our children when they are called to go. Some will be going from pre-school to elementary. Others will be going from elementary school to middle school. You child may be going to high school from middle; some from high school to college and college to graduate school. Then, for some of you, your children will be going out into the world and getting a job. “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!”― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
So, I started thinking, rarely in the Bible does God tell us to just “stay”. He doesn’t say to us, “I know you’re comfortable right where you are. Just stay here in the familiarity and safety of your life.” No, no, no. God calls us to go. He told Abraham, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to a land I will show you” (Genesis 12:1). To Moses, God said, “I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:10). Jonah was told to, “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it” (Jonah 1:2). The Apostle Paul was told to, “..get up and go…” (Acts 9:6). Jesus tells the disciples to “go” (Matthew 28:19) and He calls our children to go.
As they go, the primary goal is not what job they will have or what city they will live in, who they will marry or how big of a house they will have. No, the primary goal as they go is the person they turn into – becoming a magnificent person in His image with the character of Jesus.
When God called Moses to go to Pharaoh and bring His people out of Israel, Moses doubted that he was the right person to go and do this. He asked God, “Who am I that I should go?” God responded with the greatest promise in the Bible, “I will be with you” (Genesis 3:12). As our children are preparing to go, they may be filled with fear, confusion, insecurity and doubt. When this happens, as parents we should be quick to share the same truth and promise God shared with Moses. You are not alone! God will be with you! “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord you God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way!”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
~ Tim Hall
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