Last week saw a major achievement within our family, my daughter Hannah graduated from Queens university with a degree in Music Technology and Sonic Arts. To say that we were very proud parents would be an understatement.
That day I saw the same pride in other mums and dads of their children’s success, photos being snapped in orthodox poses and not so orthodox. The relief of getting to the end of their studies with something to show for it was noticeable on so many of the students faces.
So what now for them?
Some will continue with more studies, a masters perhaps. Some will spend time in voluntary work, with a charity in far away places to broaden the soul. Some will return to their roots, to their family to get a much needed boost of values and stability. Some will get offered their dream job that they have worked so hard for, hoping that it was worth it. Whatever direction they decide to go, I hope they follow these words ascribed to Abraham Lincoln “Whatever you are, be a good one”.
Even with a degree in their pocket, they may still need to begin on the bottom rung of life and I would contend that is not necessarily a bad thing but good. As they climb though, the degree will bring them more opportunities to rise, to be leaders and to make a difference for good to those around them.
The young people that I saw walking across the stage, will be in 20~30 years time be our leaders of industry, arts, science and of society. They must take on this burden of responsibility with zeal and relish the opportunity to do good service for their fellow human being.
The apostle Paul gives the following advice to a young preacher starting out on his life’s journey and I pass it on to my daughter and her fellow graduates.
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12