Summary: A message to the high school graduating class of 2006 at Dakota Community Church and KOZ Youth Mission.
June 11, 2006
Dakota Community Church
Honor Our Graduates
Welcome again and thank you to the parents for allowing their children to be a part of KOZ. Special occasions like this are one of the best things about being a pastor.
Today I want to quickly give you the three most important challenges I can for facing the future.
1. Face your fears.
What’s holding you back?
As you think about all the possible paths your life could take from this moment, as you consider your hopes and dreams; is there something that causes you to draw back?
Fear is a crippling force.
The command to "fear not" appears in the Bible 62 times and is the most repeated command. Most of those 62 times it is followed by the most repeated promise, “I am with you.”
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Everything in life worth having or doing is an opportunity to give in to or to overcome fear.
If you attempt a field of difficult study, you risk failure.
If you travel the world, you risk the danger of the unknown.
If you give your heart in love, you risk pain and betrayal.
If you invest, you risk loss of your investments.
If you refuse to take the risks you can never taste the rewards. Fear is a thief that will rob you of life itself.
The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
2. Walk with God.
I’m not talking about being religious; I’m talking about being spiritual.
I’m not talking about being legalistic; I’m talking about true freedom.
Most of us do things we later regret in life, walking with God keeps those things from becoming permanent.
Even good things like joining a Church can turn bad. When you walk with God He will keep you from checking your brain at the door.
Cults desire conformity, and control, Jesus desires individual interdependence and freedom.
Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house.
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.
3. Treasure every moment.
Life is a gift, treasure it!
What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, And go do that, Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
- Gil Baillie
T.E. Lawrence once said, "All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds awake to the day to find it was all vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for the many act out their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible..."
Here is a passage from the sermon Kyle Lake was going to preach the morning he died at University Baptist Church.