MOUNT VERNON — “Go out and make a difference in the world in which you live.” That was the charge given to 27 individuals who received diplomas Friday evening during the Knox County Christian Home School Association’s graduation ceremony at Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene.
The program began with a time of remembering, a photo essay of the soon-to-be graduates from birth to present. Next there was a flag presentation by Boy Scout and Cub Scout Pack #377 and Greg Woods gave the welcome and invocation. Previous KCCHSA graduates serving in the military were honored along with veterans in the audience, then graduation speaker Dr. Dennis Frey, president, Master’s International School of Divinity, addressed the Class of 2012.
“You live in an amazing age,” he said, speaking about digital devices such as cell phones, smart phones and Kindles. “You think you live in an advanced age, but when I graduated in the ’60s we had 20 digital devices.”
“The technology you use today won’t be what you use tomorrow,” Frey said. “It will be antiquated. Technological advances will make a difference in the way you deal with the world, but not everything will change. Remember that human brains and spirits have not changed since they were created by God.”
Dr. Frey spoke of seven things that keep a person from being the best he or she can be, and listed twelve things the graduates should remember as they move on to the next chapter in their lives. “Be grateful, be generous and mean it when you say it” was his No. 1 tip. Others included: Don’t trust the current politically-correct culture because going with the flow always takes you downstream, invest your time wisely, never spend everything you make, live below your means, don’t try to make friends — be a friend, don’t hang around or take advice from losers; get to know the rest of the world, read wisely — history, science, fiction and even romance — but most importantly, he said, “Read the Bible.”