Friday, May 23, 2008

Cold. Wet. Proud.

Last night I had the opportunity to go watch my high school seniors graduate (well at least the one's from Mountain View High School). The thing about it was that it was absolutely miserable being at Toro Stadium. It rained pretty much all day yesterday. Because the parking lot was packed at the school I had to park pretty far away. Thus by the time I reached the stadium I was already wet. The temperature was in the low 50's and with the rain coming down and the wind blowing it was exactly pleasant. I sat in the stands with Danny & Shelley Dodson - but on this night let's refer to them as Shea's parents. Anyways, the real point of the whole night was watching all these seniors sit together as one large group and graduate. I was so proud seeing all of my kids walk up to that podium as their name was called and receive their diplomas. Welcome to adulthood! In many ways it is sad for me to see them graduate. I will miss having them around the church. Seeing their smiling faces. Having fun with them. Joking around with them. And getting the opportunity to hopefully have at least a small impact on their lives. I am not sure how much, if at all, I had an impact on their lives. But nevertheless I count myself blessed to have been a part of their lives for the last 3 years. They are all wonderful men and women I wish the very best for their future's. Guys & Gals of the MVHS graduating 08 class - be proud of yourselves. Take some time to have fun and enjoy the moment. Look back with fondness over the time you had in high school. Don't forget to be a kid still once in a while. Take your future into your own hands with zealous fervor. But mostly...don't forget that Christ has lead you this far, keep trusting Him to lead you for the next segment of your life. I was most certainly cold and wet last night...but I wouldn't have missed it for a second. I am proud of you '08 Class - you will never be forgotten.