For all the Graduates Everywhere

For all the Graduates Everywhere

Congratulations, graduates! I’d like to share with you my favorite graduation/choosing a life’s work quote from Frederick Buechner. What makes you glad?

The voice we should listen to most as we choose a vocation is the voice that we might think we should listen to least, and that is the voice of our own gladness.  What can we do that makes us the gladdest, what can we do that leaves us with the strongest sense of sailing true north and of peace, which is much of what gladness is?  Is it making things with our hands out of wood or stone or paint or canvas?  Or is it making something we hope like truth out of words?  Or is it making people laugh or weep in a way that cleanses their spirit?  I believe that if it is a thing that makes us truly glad, then it is a good thing and it is our thing and it is the calling voice that we were made to answer with our lives . . . .

The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.

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