To the High School grad,
Graduation is a mile stone, for sure. Ironically, today marks ten years since my own high school graduation. I know, it’s almost hilarious… But it got me to thinking….what would I say to myself ten years ago from my now-27-year-old self?
So here it is, graduates….my two-cents from my perspective. Learn from my mistakes and jump ahead of the game!
You’re embarking on the journey of a lifetime. It will be thrilling. It will be amazing. It may even be scary at times. But your Guide will never be far away and He is orchestrating each leg of the road ahead. Three things I would say to you above all else:
1. Trust HIM. There will be days of heartache and pain and unexplained circumstances. This is life in our fallen, cursed world. No matter how difficult or rough the journey, remember that He is Faithful. He is worthy of your trust. He is capable of holding your heart…even when it is breaking. He is the only unchanging One and the only One Who will always be there, always be near, always smiling and singing over you. Trust Him. Fully. Freely. With all of yourself, trust Him.
2. Learn to say NO to things that don’t really matter. Say no to things that will bog you down and threaten your walk with Christ. Say NO to things that will clog your heart from the truth of God’s Word. Say NO to the things that aren’t God’s best for you. Often, the good things in life will keep you from the best, friend. Always reach for the best.
3. Never let your fearful NOs stand in the way of your impossibles for Jesus. That’s bad English, so let me translate: the biggest obstacles to doing great, impossible things for God is when we let fear get the best of us and say NO. Don’t say no to Him. It may look ridiculously impossible…but that’s His business. And quite frankly, He enjoys the impossible. I have found in my own life when I say NO it’s because of fear: fear or rejection by family and friends, fear of the unknowns, fear of the outcome, fear of failure, and on and on. Oh, Wow! I wish I could say I always said yes to Him…but sadly, I do not always follow obediently. Those choices are some of my most regretted. Yes, there is grace and forgiveness, but I just can’t help wondering what life would have been like if I would have said YES.
In short, SAY YES to Jesus. Always say yes to Jesus.
Life isn’t one giant leap after another…its small steps. So take each small step in His direction and amazing, impossible things will happen.
There will be thousands of things people say to you about these next few years of life…and to some degree, they may expect or even encourage you to throw wisdom out the door and “find yourself”, which really means “be selfish”. I’m saying the opposite. Dig in. Go deep with Jesus in these foundational years. It’s ok to be different than the world…to go against the flow for the sake of Christ. You have what it takes- I know that about you. You have determination, zeal and a love for life that will take you far if you use it for God’s glory.
Being radically in love with Him will change your heart AND everyone who comes in contact with you. John Wesley said, “Set yourself on fire with passion and people will come for miles to watch you burn.” I’m in agreement…so all that to say—Get on fire…for Jesus.
Today is the day, graduate. Get on fire!