This year marks a graduation for me. I began taking seminary courses eight years ago. I took one class each term just to sharpen the blade for me spiritually. Two years ago, I began intentionally forming a master’s degree and stepped up to two classes each term.
One of my strengths-finders characteristics is learner. I have enjoyed the challenges and discovery I have encountered from Theology, Greek, Preaching, Missiology and Christian Ethics to name just a few topics taken. The church I serve has gained from my coursework. I have shored up some loose boards in my theological and professional shack.
I am blessed that the next steps ahead of me are serving the people and community I love. There is still an excitement I feel. I believe it is from a sense that the Holy Spirit is renewing us in significant ways. This is different than a revival; it is a renewal from our God who makes all things new.
If you are graduating this year, I congratulate you for finishing well. If you have someone in your life that is graduating, celebrate with them and pray for the exciting journey that is ahead.