The Motarboards Of Life

From Kindergarten to the Memorial Gardens, graduations are forever. Mortarboards fly from skinned up knees to tree house trees because commencement services never cease. As you go from building blocks to Tonka trucks, Tonka Trucks to life’s mountaintops, you have one graduation and commencement service after another. You graduate from the mumps to the measles, to the misunderstandings where you find yourself mostly misinformed about life’s true purpose. This is when you start to ask, why am I here. What is God requiring of me? Why does life have to be so hard? Life was so easy when the ground was flat, now every step you take is uphill and full of pitfalls and avalanches.

You find yourself graduating from happiness to hard rows to hoe and you can’t understand why it isn’t the same as it used to be, when you were only three.

Once upon a time, your mortarboards soared high into the air and flew as effortlessly as an Albatross, sailing on the winds of endless graduations. Now your mortarboards of life seem stuck to your head, permanently fixed by your confused future.

Jeremiah challenges our graduations in his twelfth chapter and the fifth verse, “If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?”

You must invite your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to be the keynote speaker at every one of life’s graduations. It is only then that you can reach for your cap and prepare to remove that gown, eager to accomplish God’s goals for His Kingdom.

When Jesus reigns in your life, you will be able to run with the footmen and contend with the horses. However, without Him, you’ll never throw your mortarboard from the mountaintops, because it will always be on exhibit in the corner of life’s complacency. It’s only when you invite Jesus to every graduation that you can hand Him your final mortarboard of life and say, “Here Lord, you throw this last one in the air, if it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t have made it to my final graduation.”


  Pastor Hal Steenson