Faculty, clergy, parents and family members, but most of all, to the class of 2010, I am humbled and honored to have been asked to speak to you this evening.
Four years have passed , in the blink of an eye. So many of you are sitting here wondering, “Where has the time gone?” It seems like yesterday that you were being dropped off, riding the bus, or walking to Paris High School for the first time. After being the “top dogs” of your respective junior high schools, you were again faced with being bottom feeders in the fish bowl.
Well, here we are four years later, and while the time may have passed in the blink of an eye, history repeats itself. Those same family members that saw you off ...view middle of the document...
As Jesus told his disciples, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven.” Remember also that “the meek shall inherit the earth”.
All you need to do is answer one simple question. What ignites your heart? Forgotten children? Untouched lands? The inner city? The outer limits?
Heed the fire within!
Nathan – Do you have a passion to sing?.Then sing!
Alyx - Are you stirred to manage and be in charge? Then manage!
Brittany - Do you ache for ill? Then heal them!
Sarah - Do you hurt for the lost? Then teach them!
Speak up and speak out about those things that matter. Remember the morals and virtues that your parents, priests, pastors, and prophets taught you. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter”.
To truly be successful, you must get rid of the excuses and the fears that unfortunately dominate too much of our lives. There are only two people that are in control of you, your actions, and accomplishments. The person that stares back at you in the mirror, and God Almighty! Your actions and your accomplishments are your own. You must take ownership in them. They have nothing to do with who your parents are, or how much or how little you were raised with. If you have burdens to bear, and you are afraid to ask for help, think of Jesus’ parable of the Talents :
“ It is like the man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another, two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who received five talents, went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. So also , the one with two talents, gained two more. But the man who received one talent, went off, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money.
“After a long time the master those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who received the five talents brought the other five. Master he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share my happiness!
The man with the two talents also came. ‘Master’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents; see I have gained two more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful in few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share in your master’s happiness!
“Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master, he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So...