ISN’T COMMENCEMENT A BEGINNING?

I had the opportunity this past weekend to witness first-hand two graduation celebrations of a completely different sort. Each occurred within the course of a single afternoon in the same auditorium.

The first ceremony celebrated the life of a 43-year old lady who had graduated from the pains of cancer that ravaged her body. As her tassel was turned, she received a “Well Done, Good & Faithful Servant” from her Creator. Ironically, she devoted the career portion of her life to educate high school students preparing for life.

The students that filled the room an hour later may not have been the ones she taught, but they represented the ideals that she faithfully instilled in her pupils. This second ceremony was much different from the first. It celebrated the lives of those who have completed this phase of schooling and eagerly await the next chapter of life.

It all reminded me of my own high school graduation – 25 years ago now. The day after my graduation was one of the loneliest days of my young life. Why? Because, the bus still stopped to pick up the kid next door and my parents still went to work. Basically, the world around me went on as normal oblivious to my achievements. This is often the case as we trade this life for the next.

So, as we honor the accomplishments of our graduates, may it cause us to appreciate every moment of life that the Lord has given us and may we find the time to celebrate the ones we love. After all, isn’t every “commencement” the beginning of the next thing God has for us?

Wally Decker

Wally Decker

Married my high school sweetheart (Diane) in 1987. She teaches kindergarten. We attend, fellowship and serve at Faith Missionary Alliance Church of Midway. We have three children: Tyler (20), Brianna (17) and Bradley (14) Obviously most of my free time (what’s that?) is divided between family, church and community activities. Got into radio at age 15…have been part of the WBFJ team since 1983.

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Wally Decker

Married my high school sweetheart (Diane) in 1987. She teaches kindergarten. We attend, fellowship and serve at Faith Missionary Alliance Church of Midway. We have three children: Tyler (20), Brianna (17) and Bradley (14) Obviously most of my free time (what’s that?) is divided between family, church and community activities. Got into radio at age 15…have been part of the WBFJ team since 1983. MON-FRI 1P-3P, SUN 6A-10A wdecker@wbfj.fm