WORDS FOR MY STUDENTS
On Sunday, May 23rd, 2010, it was my honor to present the Bowbells Music Booster Scholarship Award to one of my graduating seniors, along with sharing with them some final words at the commencement ceremony. The following are the five lessons I shared with them:
1. Most importantly: When it's time to check out, be sure you know where you're going. The only way to know for sure is to talk to the one who makes the decision on your final destination. (What I wanted to say was: "Be sure you know where you're going when you die. Without Christ everything else is meaningless.")
2. You will come across situations where there is definitely a right or wrong choice to make. If you know what's right, there really isn't a choice to make. Like music on a page with notes and dynamics, articulations and phrasing, just do it. If you aren't sure or need help in doing so, know there is no shame in asking for help. (I would have like to have added "pray for guidance") Admittedly this is one of those things that is easier to say in a word and can be more difficult to exercise in practice.
3. Size and numbers do not dictate your success, you do. You may be from a school that is small in size, however, you are from a community that is big in heart.
4. Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should.
5. You'll probably come across this one alot: Just because what you can do won't necessarily make a difference, doesn't mean you still shouldn't try. What may seam like impending failure in the worlds eyes might not be what God has planned for you to accomplish in those situations.