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Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writer

Graduation, whether it be from high school or college, is a very crucial time in a person’s life.

As my second daughter, Pajah, walked across the stage to receive her high school diploma last week, my heart was filled with joy to behold such a monumental time in her life. Aside from meaning the act of graduating, or a ceremony of conferring degrees or diplomas, graduation also is the arrangement in degrees, levels, or ranks if you will.

This leads us to our focus today, as it pertains to graduation. Every man, woman and child will constantly experience “graduation,” as he or she sails through life. From moment to moment, from experience to experience, we are constantly presented with opportunities to graduate. With every experience, whether good or bad, we are presented with knowledge and information that will either make us or break us.

Graduation is predicated upon how we respond to the stimuli that is presented to us. For instance, for the high school graduate, during the course of 12 years, each student is provided with a plethora of data that he or she must deal with. Henceforth, if the student responds by listening, studying, completing homework assignments, projects, etc. expeditiously, and acceptably, then they will be granted a diploma of graduation.

Consequently, if the student chooses not to comply in a favorable manner, and fails to comply with the demands the education require, then he or she will not graduate, at least not at that particular time. The point that I want to convey is that as human beings we should always see ourselves as souls in motion, constantly learning, growing and developing, graduating and maturing as life evolves.

Therefore, when trials of life come, we should not give up, or throw in the towel. Instead, in times of difficulty is the time to become resourceful, to pray, to seek God to figure out what is need in order to surmount whatever the obstacle may be. My friend, the most important graduation day is going from life as we know it to eternal life. For we will all spend eternity somewhere.

I personally desire to graduate from this life, and claim my spiritual, eternal inheritance with Jesus Christ. Graduation into eternal life is a sacred ceremony reserved for those who trust Christ as Lord. Life here is mere dress rehearsal for that time to come. So let us begin by making the decision to continue to graduate from experience to experience to grow and develop no matter what life presents. I would like to congratulate all of the elementary, high school, college, and seminary graduates of 2013!

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