Graduation by Bud Brown - September 1, 2006
1 September 2006
I’m still working my way through Boyd’s book, Chasing the Wind, a few pages at a time. Each chapter is a short vignette of some memorable event in Boyd’s remarkable life, the sort of thing you want to savor slowly like a fine Port or a good cigar.
This morning I read the chapter about Boyd’s high school years, the remarkable achievements in the face of debilitating pain because he wanted to please the teachers who expected great things out of him. It reminds me that while the Lord promises kingdom rewards for those who achieve for Him in this life, it’s not about the rewards.
"The funny thing is that, in all of my competitions, I never worked for the awards or medals. I worked for Mr. Leeth and his approval. The medals and awards came when his standards were met. When you love someone, you strive to meet their expectations and in doing so you’re lifted to heights that you could not have ascended to alone."
The final paragraphs in the chapter are mindful of the rousing reception that faithful believers look forward to when they enter into the presence of their Lord.
"I stood there in my purple cap and gown on the fifty yard line for our commencement ceremony and sang the National Anthem one last time for the school I loved. I guess my classmates and the people watching this rite of passage understood that a tradition was coming to a close.
When I hit the last note, and as tears rolled down my cheeks, the senior class behind me and the crowd in the stands in front of me erupted into an explosion of spontaneous applause. It was a response of love and gratitude unlike anything I had ever experienced before.
I don’t know how long they stood and clapped, it seemed like forever and for me, time stood still. The roar of voices, coming from behind me as well as in front, had me trapped between them in a thank you embrace that would never be forgotten. It was as if they wanted to savor the moment and make it last as long as they could for the last time and so did I."
When we sound life’s last note tears may or may not roll down our cheeks but we will be ushered before an audience that will receive us with a roaring welcome.
Live like a winner, regardless of your hurts, hangups and handicaps, and you will be received as one.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:5-11
A posting from Bud Browns Blog: http://heightschurch.com/Altitude/?p=54
Bud is the associate pastor at Heights Church in Prescott AZ and because of his dedication and many others there; Heights Church has just been selected #53 in the top 100 fastest growing churches in the US.
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