Graduation advice from “The Imitation of Christ”

Imitation_of_christ_1 The graduation party invitations have rolled in the last few weeks.  Buying graduation cards is not easy.  Not with these messages inside cards:  "Your accomplishments are wonderful."  "Continue to reach for the stars."  "You are the best of the best."

I’ve been reading Bernard Bangley’s modern retelling of The Imitation of Christ, the 500-year-old spiritual classic by Thomas á Kempis.

Here are a couple of lines on education you might put inside of your homemade graduation cards.

"Even our best efforts have imperfections, and all of our thinking includes some stupidity.  A humble understanding of ourselves is a more certain way to God than the most in-depth study."

or this, for readers like me…

"You can be certain of this:  when the day of judgment comes, we shall not be asked what we have read, but what we have done; not how well we have spoken, but how well we have lived."

Finally, how about this stark educational advice for the inside of your homemade graduation card:

"Take heart because you won’t last long here.  Plan every word and action as if you were going to die today.  Then, when you die, your spirit will be joyfully at home with Christ."

One thought on “Graduation advice from “The Imitation of Christ”

  1. Follis, That was deep. I especially enjoyed "Take heart because you won't last long here. Plan every word and action as if you were going to die today. Then, when you die, your spirit will be joyfully at home with Christ." Thanks Follis. I will remember this quote…and try to live by it.

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