Jimbo, Melissa, Me & Bryton Sawyer sleeps through the whole thing. Melissa, Me & Ashlie before graduation Bryton checks out the program. Sawyer is down for the count . Two sweet boys in the morning.
My daughter, Melissa, graduated from college Friday night. It seems like just yesterday that she graduated from high school. I will never forget the day that her daddy and I moved her into the dorm at LSU and then had to leave her in Baton Rouge - 200 miles from home. It was a very sad day for all of us, but I will never forget the look on Melissa's face as we pulled out of the parking lot. She looked so small, so young and so pitiful as the tears welled up in her eyes. It makes me tear up right now just thinking about it.
It was hard, but it was necessary for her to begin the next phase of her life. It was part of the plan that God had ordained for her life. If she was going to be all that God intended for her, she had step out, find the right path, and start walking.
There has to be a point in our lives that we graduate to the next level - to that next place that God is desiring to take us. We can't stay at the same level and experience any growth. We must have a plan.
We can't stay on the same path and expect to go someplace different. If we long to arrive at a different destination, then we must embark on a different journey.
When the road we are traveling on isn't taking us to where we need to go - it's time to find a new road. It's time to seek a new direction.
Melissa could never have gotten a degree from college if she hadn't actually enrolled in the right classes and then taken the necessary steps to complete them. Even though she had the desire to obtain her degree, it wasn't just enough to want it. She actually had to do something to make it happen.
If we are desiring to follow God's plan for our lives.... if we are wanting to go somewhere deeper with Him.. then we need to be asking Him what that plan is. We absolutely can't set out on journey if we are clueless as to the destination. It's awfully hard to get directions to a place if you don't have any idea where that place is!
We have to be actively seeking His will for our lives. We have to be actively petitioning God as to what He desires from us and for us. We can rest assured that part of that plan includes spreading the gospel of Christ. But we need to be in prayer that He will reveal to us how He wants us to carry that mission out.
Let's not just walk aimlessly about hoping that we will just stumble upon God's purpose for our lives. Let's be looking expectantly and joyfully for what He intends us to do with our lives. Let's work to bring Him honor and glory and praise. Let's seek Him, find Him and love Him more.
"Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:12-13)