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Wisdom For Life’s Journey

So many of you have a child, relative, or friend’s child graduating from high school or college this Spring.  Since you will be sending cards and well wishes, perhaps some of these quotes may be beneficial.

“Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive: easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.” —Henry Peter Brougham.

“Life is my college. May I graduate well and earn some honors!” —Louisa May Alcott.

“Instruction ends in the schoolroom, but education ends only with life.” —Frederick W. Robertson.

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” —Benjamin Franklin.

 “What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul.” —Joseph Addison.

“Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.” —Martin Luther King Jr.

“Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.” —Senator Orrin Hatch.

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” —Arthur Ashe.

 “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson.

King Solomon wrote the book of Proverbs as an instruction to his son about the things that were important in life.  These powerful words at the center of the Bible are eternal truths that God intended for those who seek to be well-equipped for living a productive and meaningful life.  Ignoring these well proven truths lead to heartaches and destruction.  Honoring the teachings of the Proverbs will point any person in the ways of how to be a wise and discerning follower of our God.

For those graduating this spring, this brief excerpt from Proverbs would be a good admonition for the beginning of life’s journey. Here, “Wisdom” is personified and speaking to us…..

Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right. My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness. All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse. To the discerning all of them are right; they are upright to those who have found knowledge. 10 Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, 11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.

I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. 18 With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. 19 My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver. 20 I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, 21 bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me  and making their treasuries full.  (Prov.8:6-11; 17-21).