We graduatin’ now, everybody wants a photo
You only live once, that’s the motto brother - YOLO
So welcome to the families, uncles, aunts, grandparents
Welcome also to the normal people – the Arkansan residents
I hope you’re enjoying our presentations, like trophies on a shelf
We are so glad to be here, Home Ed class of 2012
Now before I dig any deeper, start to waste any more time
You may notice that my ramblings are taking the form of a rhyme
But listen. Let’s be serious here…I’m not tryna make this a joke
This ain’t a rap, I’m speakin slow here, catering to the older folk
The song I quoted earlier, to listen would be a mistake
Lil Wayne and Tyga were trippin, doin silly songs with Drake
YOLO stands for you only live once - a great hashtag to use
You can say it after silly actions and be immediately excused
But HEY! I’m not hatin’, I agree that we should savor
Every moment of our life, like we were sippin 23 flavors
Staying up all night after the prom, or eatin lots of junk,
Hanging out, playin call of duty, listenin to "King Kongs in the trunk"
Slapping brothers on the chest, using the Banana Song to mosh
Saying stupid things, inviting the response of “oh my gosh!”
Ridin’ with our tops down, listenin’ to Trip Lee’s "Superstar"
Your top don’t drop? You’ll have to live with the ’98 Ford Winstar
Driving more than the allotted five miles over the speed limit
I won’t make you raise your hands (Ben Danforth) if you’ve been hit with a nice ticket
We’ve done a lot of stupid stuff, from the highest to the low
Our parents are listening with open ears…trust me Mom, you really don’t want to know
So I hope you aren’t hearing me say "live recklessly and be foolish
Drive recklessly, procrastinate, live your life up to the fullest."
Because let me tell you fellow friends, you aren’t guaranteed tomorrow
And within our homeschool community, we’ve been reminded that with sorrow
A sudden heart attack stole from us Miss Mary
If I tried to describe the impact she made, I really couldn’t say
Beloved wife and Mom, Miss Sample was a faithful friend to many
Elementary kids at Academy dearly miss her at Assembly
Or not even a month ago, the Lord in his sovereign plan
Took Mr. Gregory Oxner, we all dearly miss that man
We’re all still reeling from the shock, as if we’re in a coma
His absence is felt even tonight, announcing our diplomas.
So while it’s nice to have some fun and be a little bit silly
Please stop and think about what your actions mean, really
I sleep around, I’m doin drugs, chill out man, fo reals, YOLO!
I gotta party hard, fill up and lift my red cup…SOLO
I gotta send while I’m drivin’ this “I love you” text
Cuz they may never know my feelings if I get in a car wreck.
Or bring it in to our future jobs – I’ll work more for the cash!
But you never know if that night with your family will be your last
Now listen, I’m not just talking about the things we make a mess
I’m talking about the good things we should do that we neglect
There’s more to life, a universe, created by a supreme being
This God created us for his glory but we aren’t seeing
That from the beginning, man rebelled against this sovereign ruler
And when the judge is disobeyed, he puts down his foot like a ruler
When laws are broken, justice calls for punishment for the crime
The punishment laid out for us was you shall surely die
We all know we have splotches on our record, just like mine
Even if you swipe a gumball or tell a small white lie
Separation forever from God – time cannot tell
The pain that will be experienced by those people who rebelled
But there was one man who was also given life to live one time
He lived his whole life perfectly - he committed zero crimes.
He was tried and tested, just like us, in every situation
The devil could think of, assaulting him with hunger and temptation.
But this man stood firm, above reproach with integrity
And for all this perfection…humanity hung him on a tree
He willingly submitted to those nails in his hands and feet
No one took his life, but the shepherd laid it down for his sheep
They crucified him on the cross, that punishment was mine!
He suffered, crown of thorns on his head, breathed his last and died
The death that Jesus died in our place, being punished when he was sacred
Was a great enough gift from God…that judge would wipe our sins right off the record
Instead of suffering forever, with the eternal rejection
He paid the price for us, instead, giving to us his perfection
But the story doesn’t end there, Jesus didn’t stay in the grave
He was made alive again after the prophesied three days
This proved that he was stronger than death, and death cannot keep those
Who Jesus snatches out of sin, made possible because he rose
All we need to do to receive eternal life and be acquitted
Is to ask God to forgive you for the sins you have committed
Ask Him to rule in your heart, to take you to heaven forever
And He will do it, then and there – that relationship can never be severed
Now even if you haven’t understood a single word
I want to conclude this poem making sure that you have heard
That yes – you only live once, but what will you do with this one life?
Make it count, make it last, don’t just do it, do it right
We’ve been given gifts from God, call em talents, every minute
As it says in Matthew 25, faithfully taught by Michael Bennett
We should live with excellence, not wasting the precious time we have been given
Being responsible, reaching out, serving, loving, being driven
Now you may have heard that that the day when Peter walked on water
He fell because his confidence in himself started to falter
But if you actually went on to the next few verses, the truth comes out
Jesus snatched him when he was sinking: “You of little faith, why did you doubt!”
The key to doing great things in life is not to succeed in what we do
It's to trust the Father for strength, and do NOT trust in YOU
We may not know what’s going to happen in ten or fifteen years
Read the Word, it’s like a mirror, the truth is closer than it appears
It tells us God is working all events for good if you’re in Him
If life is bad, it’s well with your soul, like Spafford said in his hymn
So let’s rejoice, let’s celebrate, we can live with confidence,
Don’t worry about a thing, God’s got you in his hands
And when you’re livin’ your life right, I’ll approve it you yell YOLO
People will tell you "doitagain", "yeah", "readysetgo"
And even if our future seems to look a little hazy
Guys, we’re graduating, everybody go crazy!!!