“God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go! This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike ‘What’s next, Papa?'” Romans 8:14-15 (MSG)

 

Graduates!

   Great transition is happening in this season of your lives. For some it will involve travel, to others a change in daily routine, but for all, it will be an end to one way of life, and the start of something new.

   In Romans 8, Paul reminds us that as children of God, and as heirs with Christ, we will experience glory, but also hardships. There is this misconception among people that daily living and following Jesus are at odds with one another, they are conflicted. While we don’t feel like we are constantly “living in sin,” we don’t often believe we are “heirs” with Christ either. And Paul only gives us an either/or choice, which is not very helpful because we are both flesh and blood and spirit in this earthly journey. It is impossible to completely abandon our earthly experiences.

   As you leave this place for your journey ahead, I want you to embrace the tension of living on this earth, yet longing for the Spirit of God. You will experience hardships, you’ll make difficult decisions, you’ll make mistakes.

   But through it all, because we are in Christ, we are God’s children. We are the beloved. And we are grateful. So go and practice gratitude.

“To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives—the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections—that requires hard spiritual work.” – Henri Nouwen