I’ll admit it, I’ve always been a little nostalgic. So, you can imagine what it was like to go back for my 40th High School Reunion this past weekend in Corinth, Mississippi. There were so many faces – people I have known through the years and people I haven’t seen since we threw our caps in the air.
I wish I could grab every 17-year-old I know and convince them how fast forty years will go by. The phrase heard over and over was “Can you believe it’s been forty years?” No, I can’t.
The whole weekend, I was overwhelmed reflecting on the goodness of God. I saw people – Mr. Ronnie Smith, my high school choir director chief among them – that had a profound influence on my life. And, I told him so.
I caught up with an old teammate who had been to war for our country and came back with the kind of scars you can’t see. I saw friends who have lived lives of ministry and impact, others facing hard health issues, and all with stories of how life has had its ups and downs.
There were several missing – taken from us way before it seemed to be their time. We honored them and prayed for their families. There were a number of our classmates who couldn’t make it home this particular weekend and missing them makes me want to see them even more.
I’m writing about this because it would be very hard to write about anything else today. The lessons here are too many to expound on. These statements will have to do…
… life is shorter than you think it is.
… God’s promises are true.
… because of the grace of God, any person can change.
… it is never too late to trust God with your life.
… we should tell people how much we love them and what they mean to us.
… make sure your friends know about God’s goodness.
… the heritage of faith I received from my family has stood the test of time.
… trusting Christ with my life was the best decision I ever made.
… tracing God’s hand through my past gives me confidence to trust Him with my future.
Going into the weekend, I asked God to let me be a witness to His goodness as I reconnected with so many of my high school friends. I can’t even tell you how powerfully He answered and is still answering that prayer.
Go back to your high school reunion. Tell your classmates what God has done in your life. Let them see it. Talk about your failures and His faithfulness. Tell them about grace and the God who can help anyone begin again.
Night is coming. Everyone needs Jesus. Tell the story of His faithfulness.
Mike Harland is the Director of LifeWay Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book (checkout his latest book: Worship Essentials). In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family (and his two new grand-babies). Visit MikeHarland.com to keep up with all that Mike has going on.