Graduation

I cannot believe it’s been 25 years since my graduation.  Time surely does fly by.  I laid in bed last night and I tried very hard to remember as much as I could about my graduation.  And in that moment I realized just how fast life flies by and how much courage we all need.  As I have been attending and seeing the seniors at the same high school I attended finish their senior year, I wonder if they really realize what is about to happen.

To some I may seem old.  To some I may seem crazy.  To some I may be repeating things they have heard before.  But for someone these words are for them.

In a few short weeks, you will walk in the gymnasium as a senior for the last time and leave as an adult to enter the “real world.”  You will sit in your seat and listen to speakers and fellow class mates talk about the past, present and future.  And no offense to anyone speaking, but most of these words you will never remember.  While there may be something said that stays in your heart and mind, the one thing you will remember the most is when you are told to turn your tassel – you are now graduates.  So many emotions will be running through you.

Happiness.

Relief.

Sadness.

Fear.

Many students have already began working.   Some may have even began taking more classes or getting ready for college.  Some will leave for a vacation, a cruise, or a surprise get away from their parents.  So before you leave the place you are graduating from, remember this verse.

Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

It’s funny how strong and courageous seem to be in every teenager’s vocabulary.  They are invincible.  Nothing will happen to them.  They are the strongest and courageous at this time in life than they will ever be.

So what happens?  Does something happen when we turn that tassel on graduation day?  Does a fairy come down and take it away from us?

No. It’s life and the world.

You see in high school you may have the looks, the grades, the talent, the friends, and so on, but then you graduate.

You begin to change the way you look.  You may not have any more grades if you don’t go to college, or you may and they are just not quite as good.  You find out others have the same talents and are better than you.  You find out the world is a lot bigger than that little pond you were in for 13 years.

The pond just became the Atlantic Ocean and there are about 5 tropical storms out there at one time.

Life is not easy; God says that in His Word.

Life does have obstacles.

Life does have sickness.

Life does have good and bad stuff.

So why am I telling the students all this bad stuff for?

Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Place this verse everyone you go – in your car, in your dorm, in your home, in your office.  Remember it and believe it just like you once did.  Do not let anyone change that.

God will be with you through everything if you just let Him go.  He doesn’t take up a lot of room in your car or your dorm or your office.  As a matter of fact, He has no luggage.  Everything He has is in the palm of His hands and in His Heart.

In all the things of life, good or bad, remember to stay as strong and courageous as you feel right now.  Remember to always take God with you in whatever and wherever you go.  You may think you don’t need Him, but I promise you, you do.

You don’t have to do life alone.  You don’t have to do a job alone.  You don’t have to do college alone.  God will be the best companion to walk and talk with!

So what am I telling the parents of students and the students that have not graduated yet.

Pray.

Love.

Enjoy

Pray some more.

Pray and love every day.  Know how much God loves them and He will always be with them.  Make sure the students never lose the courage God has given them.  Make sure they know and live by this verse.

Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

It’s hard to imagine them going into the real world in a few days, months, or years.  But I promise it will happen.  Our job is to pray for them and make sure they know God.  Make sure they keep this courage the rest of their life with God with them.  Realize they will make mistakes.  Realize they will stumble.  But make sure they know God loves them and will forgive them.  Make sure they know no matter what they do, you are there for them, but God is as well.

Below are a few more verses.  Write these down and put in those graduation cards you are sending out.  Speak these words to a student and build them up.  We will never know how much God’s Word touches someone.  Remember if you don’t say the words, they don’t have a chance to touch someone.

Psalm 118:6. (NIV)

The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

 

Psalm 118:14. (NIV)

The Lord is my strength and my defense[; he has become my salvation.

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