Lindsay told me that the saddest ending to a school year for her was first grade. Not because she was sad to leave that particular classroom. She was sad that there was no graduation! She had loved her kindergarten graduation so much, and was so disappointed to learn that in first grade, there was none.

I told her, “Oh, Honey, I’m sorry! I guess I never thought to tell you that there’s only a graduation after kindergarten.”

“That’s exactly what you said when I was in first grade!” she said, giggling.

This year, she’s finishing eighth grade. And she’s doesn’t get to graduate… because once again, her school has no graduation. She’s disappointed that she won’t get to step onto a stage wearing a cap and gown, and no one will hand her a certificate with her name on it.

And while I wouldn’t mind her having the graduation experience, missing out is good practice for life–especially the Christian’s life. Decades may go by before anyone even notices, let alone commemorates¬†the things we have accomplished for the sake of Christ.

But life is not like first grade (or eighth). There will be a graduation. And what will be required? Micah has the answer:

With what shall I come before the LORD,
and bow myself before God on high?
He has told you, O man what is good;
and what does the LORD require of you
but to do justice and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
(Micah 6:6, 8)

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