We’re approaching the end of May - graduation season which marks a huge academic milestone for our high school seniors. The 2020 graduates are facing a unique situation. Graduation amid a pandemic.
I was trying to imagine my reaction if this happened when I graduated way back in ........ But I couldn’t come up with anything and it wasn’t because I can’t remember that far back! Ok, maybe that IS the reason.
All kidding aside, what lies ahead for our graduates will be exciting, new, and challenging. Saying goodbye to what’s familiar won’t be easy but we can support our graduates with faith, inspiration and encouragement - all which can be found in the Word of God.
Here are a few things I want to share with graduates...
Whatever route you take after high school, remember that you are not alone. God is with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. So when you face challenges remember Joshua 1:9. “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.” When you’re faced with unfamiliar situations that may bring fear or confusion, ask God for help. He was with Joshua and He promises to be with you...wherever you go.
Choose your friends well. Who are you surrounding yourself with? Look at the fruit they’re producing in their life. Is it good fruit? We pray that you will make wise decisions and remain safe and prosperous in all areas of your life. And that the actions you take will have lead you and keep you on God’s path. We pray that you have godly friends who encourage you and help you to count the cost when you are faced with decisions. We pray that you have wise companions.
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20 NIV
And lastly, Proverbs 21:5. “Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.”
You’ll encounter exciting new challenges as well as ordinary, mundane tasks. Both should be approached with the same patient and careful attention. Don’t look for the quick and easy answers. Be wise and diligent to always do your best. Be a diligent servant of God in all that you do.
Prayer: Father, we thank You for all the 2020 graduates. We thank you for blessing them with wisdom, skills, friendships and dreams. Father we ask that you continue to bless them and challenge them to use their godly gifts to make the world a better place. Help them understand their purpose. Help them to confidently walk into their next season. Help them to strengthen their faith.
Help them to love and serve others; to be the light wherever they go. Father we pray that the graduates are aware that every good and great thing comes from you and to do Your will brings peace and contentment. Thank You for always being with them and continuing the good work that you began in each one of them.
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