A toga, a cap, a stole, and - don’t forget - a diploma. After years and years of studying, you have finally earned it! It’s no surprise that you are elated to walk up the stage in front of your classmates, teachers and loved ones. But as you get off the stage, you wonder, is that really it? Endless nights of burning the midnight oil capped off by only a few seconds at the stage?
You see, a toga, cap, stole and diploma - these are rewards, yes. But not THE reward of school life.
'Then what is?' you ask. I say, 'Wisdom - that is, applying the knowledge you have acquired in real life.'
For, of what use are your 123's if you haven’t learned to count your blessings? Your ABCs if you haven’t learned to be polite in your words? Those formulas, theorems and laws of science are nothing if you have not learned to live by the principles of life - love, respect, unity, to name but a few.
Because school life is but a portion of the bigger picture: the school OF life.
And the ultimate test in this school of life? "Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man." (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
So whoever you may be, wherever you may be right now, and whatever degrees and merits you may have, strive to earn the highest degree in the school of life: the approval of the Great Teacher. So that when you graduate from the school of life, you may hear Him say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!”
That, my friend, is not a few seconds of happiness, but eternal reward… life’s utmost reward.