Working hard pays off for many

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Congratulations to all our seniors who are graduating and going on to college, to work, to the military or whatever path they choose.

It really is their choice.

Sitting through many graduation ceremonies and more than a few honor assemblies over the years, we wish that we would have studied harder in high school!

Each year we look at the students who have 4.0 grade point averages and watch them receive many scholarships that will help pay for their college careers. We listen as they walk to the dais to receive their honor diplomas and hear parents and friends yell and whistle with joy.

We wonder if the students whose parents led them by example and prodded them to study really appreciate the effort their parents made. Maybe, maybe not.

It won't be until years from now when they fondly remember how much their parents loved them and when they look around at their friends who did not apply themselves as well in high school that they will come to appreciate the blessings hard work has brought to their lives.

It's not easy being 17 or 18 years old and picking up that diploma and realizing you have decisions to make that will affect your life in dramatic ways. But to walk that aisle, with a GPA near the top of your class, has to make you aware that you have made some good choices already.