During the Baccalaureate Service for the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University on May 26, 2016, Dr. Michael Wilkins gave the charge to the graduates. During his remarks, he shared five words to live by, five phrases that he said he has followed throughout his life.
Know yourself (as God knows you) – You are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).
Accept yourself (as God accepts you) – God created the universe, yet he cares for men and women. He has crowned them with glory and honor. (Psalm 8:3-5).
Build on the good; Grow on the bad – God has created each of us with a unique package of strengths and weaknesses. Recognize and accept both (Romans 12:3). Our strengths give us a platform to accomplish great things. Our weaknesses teach us to depend on God and others. Don’t compare yourself with others. “Comparison tends to rob us of the uniqueness God has given us.” Dr. Robert Saucy.
Forget about yourself – As Christ followers, we are to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Jesus (Mark 8:34).
Get into God’s people – Follow the example of Christ—serve others and give yourself sacrificially (Mark 10:45).