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Clothes tell a lot about a person, who they are, who they want to be, how they feel, and where they want to go. Today I’m wearing rented items, which I would normally balk at. After all, who rents their clothes. These, however, are okay to rent. It is graduation regalia. Yep, I’m in a cap and gown. As I steam pressed the gown, I was thinking about all of the people who will be wearing caps and gown this month and next. There will be preschoolers moving on to kindergarten, high school graduations, and college graduations. There will be large graduations with thousands of people. There will be small graduations with just parents, teachers, and graduates. There will be some who participate in the ceremony, and there will be some who will have a diploma mailed to them.
No matter how the graduation is celebrated, it is indeed a celebration. It is a chance to celebrate the accomplishment of completing a life phase. It is a time to give thanks that you made it, thanks for the people who have helped you along the way, and a chance to acknowledge the gifts that God has given you.
Sometimes we are so busy celebrating and looking back, that we forget that this is also the chance for another phase of life to begin. What is the next step? For preschoolers, kindergarten is the assumed and required choice. What about the rest of us? How do we decide what are next step is? Even if this is not a season of completing a life phase, it is never too early to ask God what your next step should be? What do you want from your life? What does God want from your life? Prayerfully consider your next step so that you can start getting yourself ready for when it is time to take that next step.