Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
“Oh! The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss
This Dr. Seuss book is a popular one this time of year. Bookstores dust off their copies, order a few more to be safe and create an endcap display.
I was gifted my own copy for graduation a few years back. OK, quite a few years back. Its message is good and true.
I received a copy of Let the Journey Begin: Finding God's Best For Your Life by Max Lucado from Family Christian Stores for the purpose of generating a review. Italicized quotes from this point on are from the book. The opinions expressed here are my own.
But when I considered what gift I wanted for our graduate friend, I knew I wanted to give her something that would help her remember our faith.
Looking back on my own college years, I recall how important it was to visit all those new churches. To be the awkward guest, away from my church community for the first time. I found fellowship in every church. I was welcomed into the family of God universal and to this day I’m thankful.
The habit of fellowship: ‘Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another.’ You need support. You need what the Bible calls fellowship. And you need it every week.
When I go to our friend's graduation party this spring, I’m going to gift her this new book, “Let the Journey Begin: Finding God's Best For Your Life,” by Max Lucado. Using excerpts from his previous books, this collection layout reads like a devotional. It offers Scripture or other quotes for focus. Followed by short stories for reflection. A perfect send-off for any graduate.
Now, for the young lady we’re celebrating this year, she’s a musical type as well. I wanted to show off my eclectic music savvy (of which I have none) so I asked a good friend of mine for advice on a CD I could include with this gift to make it complete.
So, we’ll send her off with a song in her heart and the Word of God on her nightstand. In the words of Max Lucado himself:
Let God have you, and let God love you - and don't be surprised if your heart begins to hear music you've never heard and your feet learn to dance as never before.