graduation gifts


Graduation Gifts 

It's that time of year again.  Your mailbox brings those once a year graduation announcements.  May I be honest for a moment?  Why do we get graduation announcements from the children of families who live on our street but haven't spoken to us in four years?  In my grumbling, I realized that this isn't a source of frustration... it's a great opportunity to make a difference.

You see, we used to just write a check and drop it in the mail.  How in the world would we know what to get for this young person when we don't have a clue what's going on in their lives?  Maybe they can buy some gas for their car or something.  But recently, I've realized this is a great opportunity to inject some Godly wisdom into the lives of young people who are spreading their wings for the first time. Instead of cash or mindless gifts, how about a book like Goodbye High School, Hello World, 9 Things Graduates Must Do, or Purpose Driven Life. Young graduates will be making some important decisions in the coming months and years.  What better foundation to lay for such years.

When a ship leaves the harbor, the captain should know where he is going.  And when a young person steps out into the world, wouldn't it be great to think that God is in charge of navigation?

Of course, I realize that many of these books we now give will only serve to collect dust.  But if one in ten makes a big impact on a young person's life, it's worth it.

More information on Purpose Driven Life:

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
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Here's some information from the back cover:

Book Description
Rick Warren helps readers to discover, develop, and fulfill God's purpose for their lives. 

From the Back Cover
Another Landmark Book by Rick Warren 

You are not an accident. Even before the universe was created, God had you in mind, and he planned you for his purposes. These purposes will extend far beyond the few years you will spend on earth. You were made to last forever! 

Self-help books often suggest that you try to discover the meaning and purpose of your life by looking within yourself, but Rick Warren says that is the wrong place to start. You must begin with God, your Creator, and his reasons for creating you. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. 

This book will help you understand why you are alive and God's amazing plan for you--both here and now, and for eternity. Rick Warren will guide you through a personal 40-day spiritual journey that will transform your answer to life's most important question: What on earth am I here for? Knowing God's purpose for creating you will reduce your stress, focus your energy, simplify your decisions, give meaning to your life, and, most importantly, prepare you for eternity. 

The Purpose-Driven™ Life is a blueprint for Christian living in the 21st century--a lifestyle based on God's eternal purposes, not cultural values. Using over 1,200 scriptural quotes and references, it challenges the conventional definitions of worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism. In the tradition of Oswald Chambers, Rick Warren offers distilled wisdom on the essence of what life is all about. 

This is a book of hope and challenge that you will read and re-read, and it will be a classic treasured by generations to come. 

About the Author
Dr. Rick Warren (D. Min., Fuller Theological Seminary) is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church, one of America's largest and best-known churches. His previous book, "The Purpose-Driven Church", has sold over a million copies in 20 languages. Winner of the Gold Medallion, it was selected as one of the 100 Christian Books That Changed the 20th Century. 


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