Haslam advice to college grads: ‘Remain calm and be faithful to the Lord… do not panic’

In a commencement speech at Baptist-affiliated Carson Newman University, Presbyterian Gov. Bill Haslam offered some Christian-oriented advice, reports the Morristown Citizen Tribune.

“Just like you, I will be leaving my place of residence (Governor’s Mansion) and my area of work for the past 8 years,” said Haslam. “You also will be leaving your dorm rooms and academics. However, do not be afraid, and stay faithful to your Lord.”

Haslam’s speech was highlighted by four main tips for the 2018 graduates.

Haslam’s No. 1 tip was to seek welfare wherever you are planted.

“Whatever city you are called to work in, do your best,” said Haslam. “Just like it says in Jeremiah 29, seek and you shall find. Wherever you are planted, be sure to grow.”

Haslam used late Carson-Newman football coach Ken Sparks has his example for the second tip.

“Always hustle,” said Haslam. “This reminds me of Coach Ken Sparks telling his players to work hard. Please remember that there is no substitute for hard work. You will get more joy if you hustle hard in your chosen field.”

His third piece of advice was to read the Bible and be sure to be humble.

“Do not be the person who walks in the room and says, ‘Here I am,’’’ added Haslam. “Be the person who says, ‘There you are.’ Humility will take you a long way in this world because the story is not always about you.”

The Governor’s last piece of advice for the graduates was to remain faithful in the Lord.

“There have been generations before you that have set the way,” said Haslam. “Remain calm and faithful in the Lord. Everything will work out and do not panic if plans alter some.”

Note/Correction: The Carson-Newman press release on the governor’s speech is HERE. It was on Friday, not Saturday, as stated when this was originally posted.

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