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Come Follow Who?

June 11th, 2014 Comments off

A few years ago, I was asked to give the commencement address at Providence Academy High School in Plymouth MN.  I wanted to support the young people in their individuality, as well as in their following Jesus. This is a short excerpt from what I said those high school seniors.  

“Have you ever noticed how people try so hard to stand out and be noticed, and at the same time, they want to belong and fit in?

Follow Miley Cyrus? I don't think so....

Follow Miley Cyrus? I don’t think so….

I think this a reflection of the fact that we are all made in the image and likeness of God.   In order to be ourselves, we need to be like God. Jesus told us frequently, “Come follow me.” You could say that we are programmed to imitate somebody, or more accurately, we are programmed to imitate Somebody with a Capital S.

Many of our peers, our friends and neighbors have never had an encounter with Jesus Christ, the God Man.  So, they can’t figure out whom to follow.  They follow pop stars or sports heroes or political figures, people who all too often have disastrous lives.  All the while, these same friends and neighbors of ours go to great lengths to distinguish themselves and demonstrate their uniqueness.

The irony of this pose of independence is that Jesus is the one person we can safely follow, without ending up divorced or in rehab.  If we follow Jesus, we’ll stay out of trouble and we won’t lose ourselves or our identity.  In fact, we become more ourselves than ever.  We can become the best versions of ourselves, by following Jesus. And that is the key to being ready to see God face to face.

Who Me?  At least St Matthew won't end up in rehab if he follows Jesus.

Who Me? At least St Matthew won’t end up in rehab if he follows Jesus.

 

If you keep that final end in mind, then your life will make sense to you.  The confusing situations you may face; the disappointments you may experience; these will be bearable if you realize that you can follow Jesus through them all.  The difficult choices you make, such as where to go to school and what to study, what jobs to take, where to move, whom to marry, how to treat your spouse and your children: all of these decisions will be much easier to make when you make them with reference to that final end of seeing God face to face.”

 

You can request a pdf of the entire address at info@ruthinsitute.org. You can listen to the live event here.  When you are satisfied that this is a great message for the graduate in your life, you can purchase a gift card version of the talk, by going to the Ruth Store, here

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Spiritual Mothers and Fathers

June 9th, 2014 Comments off

A few years ago, I was asked to give the commencement address at Providence Academy High School in Plymouth MN.  I wanted to support the young men and women in their maleness and femaleness. This is a short excerpt from what I said to those high school seniors. 

“The first thing I know about you is that each of you is called to become a mother or a father.  Each and every one of us is called to give of ourselves and to be a gift to other people.   Giving birth and taking lifelong

Spiritual Motherhood

Spiritual Motherhood

responsibility for the care of children is only the most obvious way in which people make gifts of themselves to others.  And some of you no doubt will do exactly this: get married and have children. But even those of you who never give birth to or father a single child, have the opportunity to act as spiritual parents to those around you.

By spiritual parents, I mean people who care for the young, as well as the helpless and the needy of any age or station of life.

You may have already acted as spiritual parents to your younger siblings, to Read more…

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