Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, you won’t.

    Dr. Suess’ book, Oh the Places You’ll Go!, is a classic.  It is also perfect for graduates of all levels, especially high school and college graduates.  The wisdom of this book is worthy of reading yearly, as the advice given changes with each season you are encountering.  What I like most about the book is the hopeful, yet realistic look Suess offers.  

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
— Oh! The Places You'll Go!

    Dr. Suess gifts you with the confidence that you have the brains to accomplish anything.  The possibilities are boundless and you will have the chance to accomplish whatever you decide.  However, Suess tempers that forward momentum with this refrain, 

“Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, you won’t.”

I would like to offer the graduates the same blessing.  God has gifted you with brains in your head, compassion in your heart, and talent oozing out your ears.  Oh the places you will go and the things you will achieve for the Kingdom of God.  I can’t wait to see it.  Be on the lookout though for the exceptions.  Life has real valleys, really lonely patches, and trials.  The way out of them is to walk through them and trust God to guide you, knowing God will never leave you nor forsake you.  

    Congratulations!  Today is your day.  Royston Baptist Church celebrates with you, we cheer you on from the sideline and we are praying for you!  Oh the places you will go!