I’m preaching the baccalaureate sermon tonight at Hargrave Military Academy here in our town of Chatham, Virginia. One hundred years ago, the pastor of our church became the founding president of Hargrave, so our ties go back to 1909-10, the first full school year.
The Goal of a Successful Life
2 Timothy 4:6-8
6For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure.7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. — 2 Timothy 4:6-8 NIV
Back to the Future in 2080
Imagine tonight that instead of being 2010, the year is 2080. Rather than your age being, say, 18, you are now 88 years old. And you’re reflecting on the life you have lived. You’re looking back on the ups-and-downs, the highs-and-lows, the experiences that have made your life what it is.
You might have retired as the highly successful president of a Fortune 500 corporation. Or you might have published a novel that had the literary critics and the popular press buzzing about your creativity. Or you might have lived your life like most folks do, quietly and without fame or fortune, but with the satisfaction that you made a difference. That the children you taught, or the leadership you exerted, or the love you gave to your family and friends made their lives better and richer for having known you.