Graduation Speech

Chaplain Kory Burel
Citizens Baptist Medical Center

We have just completed another year of graduation ceremonies.  Whether  college, high school, or maybe even kindergarten, it is a joyous occasion for these graduates who now embark into a new arena of life. I have never been asked to be a keynote speaker for a graduation or a baccalaureate service, but if I was, this is what I would say.  Hopefully, the lessons apply to us all:

Dear Graduates, It is an honor to be speaking to you. The most important words of advice that I would like to share with you today are:

1. Make a decision on your relationship with God.  God, in the form of Jesus Christ, was and is the greatest human ever to walk the face of earth.  He gives hope in the difficult times. He is a living hope and every other relationship you have with your fellow man will be featured through your relationship with Him. So do you know Jesus Christ?  Do you love Him and are you being obedient to what He has commanded you to do? 

2. Choose your friends wisely.  As my grandmother used to say, “If you lie with dogs, then you will get fleas. “ Have friends who build you up and encourage you.  Avoid the traps and temptations of the world that may be introduced to you through those you thought were your friends. 

3. In every temptation, there is a way out. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:13: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

You’ll notice I’ve put these words of advice in an order similar to a math equation. They go together and build off each other.  We only know that temptation comes from the evil one if we know Jesus does not tempt us into sin. If you have good friends, they will practice what is good and not mislead you into temptation.  And in the end, there is a way out of every bad situation.  

Therefore graduates, go forth and do great things for GOD!

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