By Ray Van Neste
Dean and professor of Biblical studies for the School of Theology and Missions, Union University
I have long thought if ever I gave a graduation address, I would speak to what I call “the graduation lie,” which shows up in many commencement addresses. The lie is this: “You can be whatever you want to be.” It is not true.
The fact is you have been created as a unique and particular individual with specific gifts, as well as distinct limitations. The family into which you were born, the place you were born, and the era in which you were born all shape and limit who you are. We are all limited, or directed, by our genetics, our interests, our opportunities.
God, the Creator of the universe, made you for something. You are not an amorphous entity ready to be shaped into anything you desire. God has given you certain gifts. There is a lot of potential in those gifts, but you are not self-determining to create your own realities. [Read more…]