Summary: Baccalaureate service for the 2010 graduating class of Fort Supply High School

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Baccalaureate – Fort Supply 2010

God’s challenge to you

Text: Proverbs 3:5-6

By: Ken McKinley

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Well let me begin by saying that I am honored to stand before you this morning. I know that some of you I’ve never met, so I’ll introduce myself. My name is Ken McKinley. I’m the pastor here at FSBC, and again it is a real honor and privilege to me to be able to give the 2010 baccalaureate address this morning. So thank you all so much for allowing me to be able to do this, this morning.

Today marks a milestone in my life. It’s been almost 20 years to the day that I graduated from high school. To be honest with you, I don’t remember ever having a baccalaureate, but I do remember my high school graduation. Here’s what I remember about it: some old geezer stood up and rattled on for what seemed like forever, and again I don’t remember a thing he said.

I joined the U.S. Army in 1992, served six years with the Army Rangers, then I went to college in 2003 and graduated in 2007 and at that graduation, we had another old geezer stand up and rattle on for about 45 minutes and I can’t remember what he said either, and that was just three years ago. And so, when I was asked to do this, I was excited, but in all honesty I was also filled with dread, because I couldn’t help but think, “Oh man, I’m going to be THAT GUY. That guy who spoke at your Baccalaureate, that guy who none of your remember what I said in 20 years. And as I was thinking about it, I realized that most of you are 17, 18, or 19 years old. You were probably born in 1992, the same year I went into the Army. For us “old geezers” we can remember what the world was like back in 92. We can remember the Washington Redskins beating the Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowl. We probably remember the First President Bush, throwing up in the lap of the Prime Minister of Japan. That was the year that Jay Leno replaced Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show. It was also the year that 4 LAPD officers were acquitted for beating Rodney King and the LA riots broke out. And it was the year that Brett Favre made his first start for the Packers. To make it more relevant to our soon to be graduates who are here today; 1992 was also the year that Taylor Lautner – who plays Jacob from Twilight, and Miley Cyrus were born.

The reason I’m telling you all this, is because you may not remember what I say today, but throughout life, what we often remember, are events and occasions. For instance there are occasions of joy, or sadness, occasions of remembrance, and reflection. And believe it or not, today and the next few days, up until graduation, marks one of those types of occasions. This is a time in your life that you’ll never forget. You may not know it now, but your parents do. And I would bet that over the next few days your parents are going to be doing some of that remembering and reflecting. Remembering the day you were born, or your first loose tooth, or maybe your first day of school. They might be remembering how their hair began to show a bit more white or grey as you went from tween to teen and began to practice your independence more and more frequently.

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