It’s graduation time. You know what that means: family gatherings, mushy cards, caps and gowns, hugs and kisses… and presents! (Who doesn’t like presents!) A few weeks ago I sat thinking about graduation gifts and what I would truly like to give you.
After much pondering this is what I came up with:
If I could give you anything…
I would give you eyes to see yourself as God sees you: Fully known, dearly loved, treasured possession, unconditionally accepted, Divinely equipped, especially chosen, wonderfully made, destined for victory.
I would give you confidence that is not shaken by popular opinion, criticism, the latest fad, test scores, beauty pageants, failures (or successes) bank accounts, number of friends, or fear of the unknown.
I would give you strength to choose the eternal over the temporary, right over wrong, endurance over quitting, substance over popularity, compassion over judgment, forgiveness over retaliation, and love over hate.
I would give you wisdom to always know what to do in any and every given situation. Wisdom that sees the big picture – that sees everything in it’s true light. I’d give you the mind of Christ.
I would give you love – a love so powerful and overwhelming that it more than satisfies your deepest emotional needs with such abundance that it spills over all those around you. A love that is patient and kind, that always seeks the best and never fails. I’d fill you with the love of Jesus.
Since these things are beyond my ability to give I am asking our God (out of His glorious riches) “to strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-19)
Be on the lookout for them.
I love you!
P.S. The mushy letter is coming. :-)