I’m no valedictorian but I’ve got something to say anyway.

I only graduated with a decent GPA, and I’m not even going to pursue as a career what I’ve studied for the last 3 years. You see, I initially became a film major in the hopes of becoming a director, scriptwriter or producer for awesome franchises like the MCU or Star Wars.

But that was also around the time I accepted Christ, and when I did, I found purpose. I’ve never been happier and more fulfilled. I’m more content than I ever would have been even if I had directed the next Avengers or Star Wars movie. 3 years later, I believe I’ve been called to full-time ministry. 

But for these last 3 years, we hustled through various assignments, mugged for countless exams and survived on minimal sleep and maximum caffeine. Now we finally have our certificates and are ready to rock and change the world. However, even as we walk on stage to shake hands and receive scrolls, and smile for photos, we need to realise this is not the end but a beginning – the beginning of a life that must be purpose-driven.

“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” – William Barclay


When the ceremony ends, and the photos and certificates are taken and put away, what else remains? Does it feel empty? I hope we didn’t waste 3 years of our lives for one day, thinking it would somehow give our lives meaning and purpose. We need perspective. We were made to do more than chase papers – we were made with purpose in mind and for a purpose.

Ever heard of the Westminster Confession of Faith? It declares that Man was made to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. That means that life is about more than just us – we are made by God and for Him. That might sound strange, but it really isn’t. William Barclay once said, “There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.”

Aligning our lives to God’s will, that’s a safe thing to do because He wants the very best for us. A life spent on God’s purposes is about being right where we should be.

It’s all simpler from an eternal perspective; the unimportant things can be laid down and important things can be embraced. 


Most of the world lives without purpose. I don’t know about you, but I yearn to see those around me have true joy and live a life that has meaning and purpose. If we love them, we must pray for them. For only God can take them to a place of purpose, meaning and satisfaction.

Our heart for people is often revealed by how much we pray for them – and how desperately. Who are you praying for? When we’re truly gripped by God, we’ll want our loved ones to experience that same love. After all, good things must share.

We Singaporeans would share the best roti prata or ice cream shop with our friends without hesitation. So why not the Gospel? It’s the best news that ever was. As people who once received this good news, we now have this crazy privilege of bringing it to wherever God takes us next on this adventure.

Finally, consider also that 2019 is the Year of Proclamation. The Celebration of Hope is right here. What’s holding you back? We have an amazing opportunity to share Jesus’ love with the world. Who among your friends and loved ones needs hope?

As I graduate and go out into the world, I am going to remember the purpose I was made for: To glorify God and enjoy Him forever. 

And in everything I do, I will live a life that shares this joy with everyone around me.

  1. If you are graduating this year, what are some of the things you are thankful for?
  2. What do you want to do with your life? 
  3. Are you sharing hope and joy with those around you?