The guest speaker was my friend Chuck Price. I had the privilege of introducing him. Chuck has spent 37 years with Campus Crusade for Christ Ministries, currently serving them as a Vice President.
In his talk, he brought up the question of where do we turn when times are difficult. I really enjoyed hearing him speak of this because I see it as a critical step of spiritual formation. Know that, in his life, Chuck has faced his share of challenges, allowed him to speak with authority on this subject.
When times get tough and worry, fear, and anxiety run high, where do I run for comfort? Unfortunately, all too often, I run to two things which do not help the situation at all: food and withdrawal. Other folks may run to anger, depression, or other addictions and destructive behaviors.
Of course, it's easy to say "run to God" as the alternative to this and ultimately that is indeed true. I do think that the ability to resist destructive things and instead go to the one who loves us and wants to lead us is a critical formative step. But part of where He will lead us is to figure out what is at the root of our anxieties, and help us get into places where we're less inclined to run to the destructive behavior -- where life simply doesn't weigh as heavily on us once we understand why we are the way we are.
Anyway, thought provoking stuff.
And my best wishes to graduates everywhere.