It is round three at the Rice house. Our son Tyler graduated from LCS in 2009, our daughter Molly, in 2012 and now it is Abby’s turn. We have another senior year to enjoy. Yes, enjoy! Those of you who have had a high school senior in your home before know that the affliction of “senioritis” hits early, and it hits hard. We just packed up the summer beach gear, and already the moans and groans of “I can’t wait for graduation” have begun. But surely there is much to experience and enjoy in the days ahead between August and June.
Journey vs. Destination
How do we avoid the tendency to live in light of “I can’t wait for...", the tendency to focus more on the final destination and miss out on the journey? How can I help shepherd Abby’s heart when she is yearning for the days ahead when there will be no more dress code, school lunch or tardy bells?
I think the key is found in living in light of our eternal design. Paul Tripp, author of “Forever: Why You Can’t Live Without It”, says “Most people live in a state of constant eternity amnesia. The Creator placed forever inside you. Longing for eternity doesn’t mean you’re spiritual; it simply means you are human . . . and so much of your distress at what is, is really a hunger for what will be.”
The "Now" and the "Not Yet"
In this temporary earthly life, so often we as believers collide with the tension of living in the “now" and the "not yet” of which Scripture speaks. But according to God’s word, this is not our home. We are designed for an eternal home ,and as believers, we are promised an eternal home with Him, where the frustrations of brokenness due to sin no longer define our days. However, in the meantime, we linger in the fractured life of this world where things are hard, each day requires work and often leads us to a heart of discontentment--waiting and wishing for the next thing to satisfy our desires.
Abby, like all of our seniors, certainly has many experiences to look forward to and enjoy in the coming months. But it is true that if she looks to these things to ultimately satisfy her heart, it is pretty much guaranteed she will be disappointed. Her groaning for “graduation” really is coming from the Creator’s design for His people to yearn for more than this broken world has to offer. But in the midst of the groaning we have much to rejoice in as we live in light of the truth of 2 Corinthians 4:17-18: “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
Let’s encourage our students and each other to rejoice in the here and now as we look forward to eternity with our Creator, when forever is our home.
This post was written by Julie Rice, LCS Director of Enrollment. If you are interested in LCS, please feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.