Living Science Homeschool Graduation: A Time of Reflection and Celebration
A few weeks ago, sixteen Living Science seniors walked into a lovely local church escorted by their very proud parents. They walked across a stage, received diplomas from Living Science and from their parents, and moved their tassels, signifying the completion of their high school education. And these sixteen seniors recessed alone after the ceremony, signifying their new status as young adults.
Eric Fuller, High School Pastor at First Baptist Church of Woodstock, gave a commencement address that offered wisdom and wit. Although the senior class is the focus of a commencement address, we all can benefit from Rev. Fuller’s advice:
- Take responsibility for your own relationship with God by being active in a local church, staying in the spiritual disciplines, and loving people.
- Worry less about “God’s plan for my life” and more about “my relationship with God.” God’s plan for your life is for you to have a deep, meaningful relationship with him, so ask God what He has for you today. Every day.
- Love people. Don’t judge them, love them. The church has too high a standard for the lost and too low a standard for Christians.
- You are not entitled to anything except to work hard.
- DO NOT go into debt. Do whatever it takes to avoid debt.
- Two things will last forever: the word of God and the people He created. Invest heavily in the eternal.
- Nothing is more powerful than the cross. Nothing. Absorb, share, and live the gospel.
Living Science excels in the use of ceremony to mark rites of passage and to imprint spiritual truth in a memorable way. The beautiful, reverent graduation ceremony is the zenith of an intentional progression in which Living Science partners with families to encourage students. Our seniors will go on to a wide variety of careers, but they will always remember their graduation as a singular and personal recognition of their accomplishments. We are so very proud of each of these students and look forward to hearing about their next steps.