It was Dr. Seuss who said, “How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
This afternoon our youngest daughter, Kelli, graduates from Dallas Baptist University, and we couldn’t be prouder. Yep, I’ll be the teary-eyed dad sitting in the stands wondering where in the world have all the years gone?
Seems like yesterday we moved to Arlington (Aug. 1992) and a few months later (March 1993), God blessed us with a baby girl. We named her Kelli Elizabeth. I still remember bringing her home for the first time. I actually had a car accident on the way to the hospital. (I’d love to say it was pure excitement and anticipation. In reality, the guy in front of me stopped, and his tail lights weren’t working. He said it was a rental car. I didn’t bother to debate or discuss anything with him. I had a baby daughter and wife to pick up.) Today, our baby daughter will get her diploma and begin a new phase of her life. How did it get so late so soon?
Kelli has had a remarkable four years at DBU. On the dean’s honor roll, serving in ministry all four years and as President of Zeta Chi, one of the largest sororities on campus – and she’s not even a Baptist!
This afternoon will mark the end of an era in our lives: raising and educating our kids. When we started, Janis and I carved out a list of traits we wanted our kids to have. I’ve shared it before. But here is that list again.
We wanted our kids to have:
1. A personal relationship with Christ.
2. A realization that you’re loved unconditionally by your family. (No matter what.)
3. A positive attitude toward life. (The way you look at life is the way life looks at you.)
4. A passion to be the best you can be. (In everything you endeavor to do.)
5. A determination to help other people be the best they can be.
6. The ability to admit when you’re wrong.
7. A thankful disposition. (Be grateful.)
God has graciously answered our prayers, and all three of our children have surpassed our greatest dreams.
As Katie, Matt and Kelli were growing up we would always remind them of the same three things: 1. Remember who you are. 2. Be a leader, not a follower and, 3. If you get in trouble, you can always call home. Thankfully, they never got in trouble, have always been leaders, and have always made us proud. It will be a memorable moment for all of us today as we sit as a family, witnessing the youngest among us, Kelli, achieve this latest milestone in her life.
Kelli, your mom and I are so proud of you and the beautiful, godly woman you’ve become. We can’t wait to see what God does next in your life.
Dr. Seuss was right. “How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
We’re committed to making the most of every moment to come.
© 2015. Barry L. Cameron
Barry Cameron is a devoted father and husband, bestselling author, dynamic communicator, and Senior Pastor of Crossroads Christian Church. Crossroads has a gorgeous, 150-acre campus in Grand Prairie, Texas. More than 8000 people call Crossroads their church home. Barry’s latest book, The Road to Financial Freedom, came out in the fall of 2020 and is available on Amazon. It’s another game changer for individuals and families who want to fix their finances once and for all.
Barry and his wife, Janis, have three children: Katie, Matt and Kelli. A daughter-in-law, Lindley and a son-in law, Johnny. They also have two grandsons, Will and Levi. Their family has been completely debt free since November 15, 2001.
Crossroads Christian Church has been debt free since November 9, 2008.