To Graduate with Honors

Today at school I saw a kindergartener reach down a pick up a special “pebble”.  It looked like gravel to me – but it was definitely more than that to him.  It was a treasure.

I had an instant memory of a movie my son and I rented many years ago.  After it was over, he and I talked at length about how the powerful plot, acting, and the visual impact had played upon our emotions.  The story had reached out and gripped the reader/viewer through the explicit means of all the senses.  I as the “reader” could feel, touch, taste, hear, and most importantly, identify with the actors on an emotional level.              At the conclusion of the movie, the main character had reached down and picked up a pebble.  This seemingly insignificant act revealed to the viewer that the character would truly graduate life with honors.  My son and I discussed the emotional appeal that caused the audience to set higher personal goals for our own lives, so we too would graduate life with honors.  Continuing our discussion we both agreed that the theme was well-done, not something that hit you over the head, or grabbed you by the shirt collar demanding attention, but one that left you with the true sense of inspiration to go out and make a difference in a world full of hurting people.

This morning as I have thought about that seemingly long-ago conversation; I am reminded of the words of Micah, a minor prophet of the Old Testament, written approximately 700 B.C.  He gives us the exact formula needed so we can indeed graduate life with honors.  “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of thee but to do justly and to love mercy; and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8)

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