A Message for Our Graduates – 2022

Always wear sunscreen

(This is an excerpt from Lori’s Baccalaureate message at Ansley and Litchfield)

Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’22:

Wear sunscreen.
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.
Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you.                        Sing.    Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.           Floss.   Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.        Stretch.
Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know, still don’t.
Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.  Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.
Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.    Respect your elders.
But trust me on the sunscreen.

So, this was a column written by an editor in the Chicago Tribune, she wrote it as if she had been asked to give a commencement speech.  She wondered what advice she would give the graduates. 

So, I wonder What would Jesus say in a commencement speech.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

Give to the poor, the Hungry, the thirsty, and the imprisoned…because when you give to someone in need you are giving to God.                      Pray                 Take time to foster a relationship with Jesus

Don’t call on me only when things are rough, I am with you always…           Remember there is a season for everything.         My Grace is sufficient and my Power is made perfect in Weakness.  Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.

Obey the two greatest commands (Mat. 22:37-40).      Jesus was clear that our aim should be simple: 

Love God and Love others.       Jesus would encourage you to live a life of faith.  

That God must come first in all things: Actions, attitude, and in our speech.

Worship the Lord your God, it is the Lord that will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.  Isn’t that great news…God’s got ya’ and you do not have to worry about the bullies and like…God will deliver you from them.

So, when you go out to the Lake or swimming pool or the track for sports or a walk around the campus…Be sure to wear sunscreen

But in life …every day make sure to take your son screen with you. 

Your life long Sonscreen will be with you no matter where you go…no matter what is going on…no matter where your heart, actions and attitude have been…so make sure to take your sonscreen with you.