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Posted: Friday, June 7, 2019 5:00 am | Updated: 2:12 pm, Fri Jun 7, 2019.

On the eve of their graduation, the Titusville High School Class of 2019 gathered at the school’s gymnasium for the annual Baccalaureate program.

The featured speaker of the night was Phil Taylor, pastor of Grace Fellowship Church. Taylor’s speech focused on the concept of wisdom, where it comes from and how it can help students in the future.

After a performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” and “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” by the high school choir, many of whom were wearing graduate robes themselves, Taylor began his remarks by recalling his own past.

“As it so happens, almost exactly 30 years to the day, I was sitting where you are,” Taylor said. “I got an invitation about two months ago to my 30-year class reunion and I thought for sure it was mailed to the wrong Phil Taylor. I thought there was no way I could be celebrating 30 years from high school already.”

The pastor said that he hoped to use his speech to give some words of advice on how to get ahead of the world that is waiting for them upon graduation. He brought up various qualities that could help someone get ahead, such as luck, personal skills, the ability to interview well and others. However, there was one trait he believed topped all others; wisdom.

“Wisdom is something that is not easily taught,” he said. “Wisdom actually comes from a collection of circumstances, and wisdom is sometimes weighed on how you respond to those circumstance you’re in.”

Taylor clarified that wisdom is different from intelligence, bringing up the example of the Looney Tunes cartoon character Wile E. Coyote. The coyote, according to Taylor, is very knowledgable, able to draw up intricate and scientific plans to catch his nemesis, the Road Runner. Yet, every one time one of these highly detailed plans are put into motion, they fail.

“If you could just freeze frame on the chalk board that he’s writing, the Pythagorean theorem is up there,” Taylor said. “He understands the pendulum swing, he understands the second law of thermodynamics, he’s got it all written out there. But, then when he goes and he runs off the end of the cliff, he doesn’t know he’s supposed to fall until he notices that the ground is no longer underneath him. That’s not very smart.”

The pastor said he turned to the world of psychology to find the origin and meaning of wisdom. He cited an article he read in Psychology Today, that attempted to explain the functions of the mind and the subconscious.

Yet, Taylor said that when the article attempted to explain wisdom, it had no answer. This is where the pastor moved into the main point of his speech.

“My name is Pastor Phil Taylor, and we’re going to be sharing some scripture tonight,” he said. “Because, I happen to know where wisdom comes from.”

Taylor shared a story of King Solomon, to whom God said he would give anything he wanted. Solomon responded not asking for material wealth or anything like that, but to lead God’s people with wisdom. However, despite the simple request, Solomon was still given riches and glory.

“You see, when you ask for wisdom, many things become a part of the equation,” Taylor said. He went on to explain that the way to get wisdom is to ask God for it, just as Solomon had.

The pastor said that the quest for wisdom will not always be easy or clear, and may take on different paths than expected. He shared his own story of attending college seeking to become an actor, only to find a different calling. However, wisdom must ever be pursued by asking God.

“You want wisdom?” he asked. “It’s not a random thing. It’s actually a gift. Wisdom is a gift and God gives it freely.”

As a gift, Taylor gave a postcard to the graduates reading “James 1:5.” The verse it refers to reads “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given.”

A closing prayer was offered by retired Christ Fellowship Church Pastor William Deets before the students were led out to “Pomp and Circumstance.” Graduation will take place today, at Carter Field, at 7 p.m.

Ray can be reached, by email, at sray@titusvilleherald.com.

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1 comment:

  • Jahoba posted at 7:36 pm on Fri, Jun 7, 2019.

    Jahoba Posts: 194

    What a horrible speech. Looney Tunes? Really!?


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