High School graduation is a Rite of Passage in our culture. A Diploma is the key that will open many a door of opportunity. Yet it also signals the letting-go of our children into their own stories. In Toy Story 3, when Andy’s mom stood in his bare room and looked around, the tears started rolling down my cheeks. He was packing up for college and leaving home. One of the hardest things about watching my children grow is also watching them separate themselves from me. Yes, I know that’s as it should be, but it’s made me think a lot about who I am, outside of being “mom.”
Where do you find your sense of self? Is it tied to your job, or family, or intelligence? Is it found in what you can do, or in what you’ve accomplished? The Lord created each of us with distinguishing traits and talents, but they don’t define us. He defines us by the relationship we have with Him! That relationship gives me the security I need, in order to let my child fly from the nest and try his own wings in the world.
Paul tells us to let go of the past and press on toward the goal. Even as Andy let go of his childhood toys, he was able to find a new freedom to embrace adulthood before him. And that’s just what our kids need, in order to soar!