I went to a graduation today and listened to the speakers’ share their thoughts for the future and what one needs to do to succeed and all the normal things you hear at a graduation. But there was one thought that kept going through my mind that could have saved everyone two hours today.
So for those valedictorians or famous people that need to give a commencement speech here is one that will inspire those that are graduating and give them the charge that they can carry for a lifetime. Sorry this is a little late for some of you that spoke today. But this is short and sweet and those that are listening will be sure to love it.
Graduates, today is a special day and one that you will remember for many years to come. It is the completion of years of hard work and sacrifice but today is not the end; it is only the beginning of the rest of your life.
Graduates, do what you’re told by your parents, teachers and bosses. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best all the time. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Always keep in mind that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The worker who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work. [Paraphrase of The Message by Eugene Petterson Colossians 3:22-25]