The 3 R’s

Katie Couric speaking at UVA’s graduation.  Credit: UVA


Happy Friday!  Sorry for the lack of posts, once again…I’ve been having some internet problems, so below is the post I started yesterday but wasn’t able to finish:

As the week rolls along, I have just one more graduation related post.  This past weekend at UVA’s graduation, the graduates had the privilege to hear from one of the most beloved UVA grads, Katie Couric.  I can’t say that Katie and I agree on everything, but our devout love for UVA unties us.

Her message was witty, conversational, and engaging and she spoke to the graduates about the 3 R’s: Risk, Rejection, and Resiliency.

Whether or not we’re recent graduates, I think all of us can benefit from the 3 R’s, but the beautiful thing about having God is that the 3 R’s take on a whole new meaning.

Risk–in God, we have the courage to step up and step out.  We’re fortified to take risks understanding that God is with us to strengthen, equip, and protect us.

Get up and prepare for action.
    Go out and tell them everything I tell you to say….I am with you, and I will take care of you.
Jeremiah 1:17, 19 (NLT)


Rejection–even with God, there are many times when we’ll face rejection–not getting into the school we want, missing out on our “dream job”, or learning that “Mr. Right” turned out to be “Mr. Heartbreaker.”  But when it comes to rejection, we can take rest in two promises:

1.  God’s plan B is ALWAYS better than our plan A!

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.
                                                                   Proverbs 16: 9 


2.  No matter what rejection we may face, we are not alone and we are not abandoned.  God will not leave us!

“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?”
Hebrews 13:5-6


Resiliency–is it just me, or is it SO much easier to be resilient when we have God on our side?  I mean, in God, we have someone who has plans for us and who wants us to succeed.  He will be faithful to equip us with everything we need for fulfilling those plans.  Don’t let disappointment hold you back; keep moving forward and believe that God will be faithful to accomplish that which He has called you to do.

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
    your love, O Lord, endures forever
 do not abandon the works of your hands.
Psalm 138:8
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19