It was a typical message at the graduation commencement of our friend who graduated from Talbot School of Theology last night. It was about the future: years of studies have now equipped you to go out and impact the world.

It was a typical message at the funeral this morning of our friend who died suddenly of a heart attack. It was about the past: remembering what he was like and the impact he made on the people around him.

The contrast between the graduation and the funeral jolted me into thinking. When I graduated from Talbot in 1984, how did I want to use what I learned to impact the world? What did I want to do with my life?

Now 20+ years later, if I were to die today, what would I have to show for it? Did I accomplish what I set out to do? Would I have fulfilled my calling?

When I graduated, I did not have big dreams. I was not out to make a million dollars. I was not going to be a missionary. The only thing I knew I wanted to do was to raise a family. I want to raise children who would love and follow the Lord.

I often think that I have not accomplished much with my life. Yet, my life is exactly what I wanted it to be. I am in fact accomplishing what I wanted to do. I can be proud of myself for all I’ve done in raising my family.

2 Responses to “A graduation and a funeral”

  1. Nat Says:

    Raising a family might not be a big dream by the standards of today’s society… but to the child of a devoted mother, it is a huge blessing. 🙂

  2. Joyful Says:

    Nat, I hope you will also be a devoted mother!