Pacific Magazine - Volume 22, Number 2
July 2, 2009
We do not choose our time—we can make the most of it
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
When Gandalf the Grey dropped that pearl of wisdom on Frodo Baggins, the time was grim. Middle Earth would soon be fighting for its existence against evil and a humble Hobbit was its only hope.
Gandalf and Frodo have the advantage of being fictional characters. But the author of those words, and the rest of Lord of the Rings triology, was very real and knew times of worldwide depression and war.
Today no evil eye glows on the horizon, thankfully, but now is not the easiest time to set out, university degree in hand, in search of a new life and career.
Some of our graduates step from commencement onto the fast track in careers, service or further education. Others sort things out over a few more shifts at Starbucks. No worries—lives move at different paces and with patience the slow traveler may go farther.
Of course Frodo had to exert effort, which goes for graduates as well as Hobbits, but neither he nor they toil alone. Frodo was equipped with Sting, elven armor and the light of Earendil. He also had a mentor in Gandalf and friends in the rest of the fellowship. FPU graduates are equipped with knowledge, professional preparation and an ethical foundation in Christ. They also have mentors in the faculty and friends in their fellow alumni.
Frodo’s example offers advice to our graduates: travel light, take one step at a time, look ahead no matter what and have faith.