Parable of the Mustard Seed

Sunday’s Scripture ~ Matthew 13:31-32.

On Tuesday evening I had the privilege of attending the Spring 2017 Seminole State College Commencement to celebrate Alaine Gorman’s graduation. Alaine, I am so proud of all your accomplishments and know – with full confidence – the the world best be ready because you are going to take it by storm. 

I am so grateful to know you. 

Education, for many of us, begins like a tiny seed planted inside of us. As children we learn our names; we learn languages! We learn shapes and colors. We learn textures and sounds. Our horizons expand. Our knowledge grows. 

Why is this needful? Why is it necessary? Because as my high school principal loved to say over the campus intercom, “Knowledge is power and the power is on!”

Knowledge takes us places. Knowledge is the gateway to a greater world, full of opportunities for us to know and be known. Knowledge – and encouragement in the pursuit, refinement, and application of that knowledge – is what helps us blossom to our full potential. And in the process of maturing to our full potential – a process that I consider to be lifelong – we become teachers and sharers of knowledge each in our own way. 

It is a true gift to watch Alaine share her life experiences, passion, and truth with our students. She shares from a place of “this is what I know and I hope it will help you as you grow to know yourself, others, and how you want to contribute in the world.” Alaine shares authentically with fantastic wit and cunning sense of humor. She shares because – I truly believe – she was raised in an environment that values planting and nurturing seeds of knowledge so that in time she would (and does!) plant and nurture seeds of knowledge in others. 

The Kingdom of God is like…

Continue learning and sharing, Alaine. Through you, God will continue amazing things. 

Prayer: “Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his name, you will be in the midst of them. Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.”*

*”Prayer of John Chrysostom,” The United Methodist Hymnal 412.