So here we are, ready to cross the stage, faced with a choice: take on adulthood, or don’t.
It’s not a choice that starts today, though. It’s been a long time coming; today is just a symbol.
I would like to just take a moment to (with humility, I hope) share my excitement at the fact that I cycled from Canmore to Banff, up Tunnel Mountain, and back today. That’s upwards of 50 kms. I did this ride (minus the Tunnel Mountain bit) last year and had a great deal more trouble with it, but this year I’ve been on my bike quite a bit and am proud to say that I am seeing marked improvements in my fitness. With which I am quite thrilled.
I just finished watching “Walk the Line”, and I gotta say… Johnny Cash was a mess and he did not treat well the ones he loved. But June Carter’s loyalty… Man. That moved me. There is nothing like seeing somebody who sees before them this messy, troublesome person, and knows that they’re a messy, troublesome person, and sticks around and loves them anyway.
Please let us be graced with this opportunity
I half believe that if somebody yelled this while I was crossing the stage I would just instinctively fall over. But I also don’t think I could bring myself to do so on a formal occasion….
I was talking about reading the bible with my folks and, it’s funny, I feel I have fallen into this subconscious belief that every time I read the bible, I must have some ground breaking revelation. It’s as if I feel that every verse in the passage I read must be directly applied to my life right now. But that’s just not true. How am I going to apply a passage that talks about sexual activity to my life when we all know I couldn’t be sexually active even if I wanted to? I’m not saying that the bible isn’t relevant, but I am saying that, because it addresses many people in many situations and many contexts, not all of it is always going to apply so directly. My dad brought up the wonderful point that, as one reads about situations, currently distant as they may seem, they build a picture of the character of God. And I think that, while God often uses the bible to speak into our lives—into what ought to change or how he views things or what he’s proud of—that is not the only purpose it serves. The bible is there to show us God. Because that, in and of itself, is our purpose, and what changes everything—knowing God. And yes… Life is obviously relevant, here. But perhaps there is something very valuable about reading something which is not obviously applicable right now, and being able to see in it God’s character, despite the differences between life and events and people discussed. And perhaps that takes some pressure off bible reading.