“[W]e should “get wisdom.” We should bend all our efforts to become wiser tomorrow than we are today. And I speak not just to students and graduates, but to us all. Graduation…gives me an occasion to say something that applies to us all, namely, that formal education is only one stage in the process of becoming a wise person. So much of life has been professionalized and institutionalized that we easily slip into the notion that it is the responsibility of some profession or some institution to impart to us wisdom. You can see this tendency in the fact that continuing education in many spheres is thought of entirely in terms of taking courses from professionals in institutions. The implication seems to be that wisdom and understanding are something you purchase with tuition and class fees, rather than being a daily, lifelong process of growth. But what I want to stress this morning is that we should never be content with the wisdom we attained through formal education. Blessed is the graduate who walks through the commencement line more hungry for wisdom than when [s]he entered school, for [s]he shall be satisfied. ~John Piper (Get Wisdom)
I check the mailbox more than usual this time of year. (My “usual” being “never,” in the vain hope that our friendly mail lady will take back the bills and three pounds of catalogs.) But I dare to open the little black box in June because—my husband being a youth pastor—this is the month we receive a flurry of graduation invitations—always a little bitter-sweet.
In honor of all you graduates, we want to share one piece of advice Mom gave us when we graduated.
Mom’s advice to her girls, and to you, is this: Keep studying.
We know, you probably don’t want to hear this right now—you’ve just finished studying for finals. So you might want to bookmark this post and read it after a week or two at the beach.
Bon voyage! Have a great time!
Ok, so now you’re back from the beach, refreshed and ready for Mom’s advice.
Whether you are heading back to school, into the workforce, or you don’t have a clue where, set yourself on a life-course of study. And don’t just study anything.
If Bruce Milne is right (and he is) and “getting doctrine right is the key to getting everything else right” then you can’t afford not to study doctrine. You must learn more about God.
Here’s a list of books to get you started, but don’t stop there.
Study biblical womanhood.
If Elisabeth Elliot is right (and she is) and “Being a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but being a Christian makes me a different kind of woman” then we ought to understand what kind of women we are to be. So learn all you can about God’s design for womanhood.
Here’s some suggested reading for Biblical Womanhood 101.
Congratulations, Grads. And happy life-long studying.
—from the archives
For my heart:
In choosing what clothes to wear, whose attention do I desire and whose approval do I crave? Am I seeking to please God or impress others?
Is what I wear consistent with biblical values of modesty, self-control and respectable apparel, or does my dress reveal an inordinate identification and fascination with sinful cultural values?
Who am I trying to identify with through my dress? Is the Word of God my standard or the latest fashion?
Does my clothing reveal an allegiance to the gospel or is there any contradiction between my profession of faith and my practice of godliness?
What do my clothes say about my heart?
For my wardrobe (adapted from Nancy DeMoss):
With my dress, am I guilty of…
...exposing intimate parts of the body?
...emphasizing private or alluring parts of the body?
”[W]omen should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control.” 1 Timothy 2:9
Some wise words to add to our conversation on submission...
Submission When It’s Easy by Nancy Wilson
A Godly Unsubmissiveness by Nancy Wilson
I’m A Better Leader by Karen Waddles
Thanks to faithful girltalk reader Pam Nelson for our Friday Funny. This adorable little boy has some words of wisdom for all the kids out there who are learning to ride a bike. We’ll see you all Monday, Nicole for Carolyn, Kristin, and Janelle