My wife Cathy, and our girls Hannah and Esther recently attended our oldest son's graduation. It was an inspiring affair with music, colorful academic regalia, and speeches. The best part was to see the smiles and lighthearted antics of the graduates. They were reveling in freedom from the late nights of study, exams, and term papers. They had run their race with perseverance and now they were receiving the promised reward. As I sat in the audience it was hard not to reflect upon our graduation into eternity with God. Will our names be read aloud from the Book of Life? Will we be given robes which honor us as children of our Creator? Will we frolic in joyful anticipation of an eternity of joyful anticipation? Yes!
This summer as we work with the children and youth in many small villages, we want them to also live their lives in expectation of a glorious graduation from this life into the presence of a loving LORD.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord , the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day -- and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
2Timothy 4: 7,8