When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 1 Corinthians 13:11
It’s always a great sight to see a student walk across a stage and receive his or her diploma. They make the transition from student to graduate, and from child to adult.
The days of looking at parents for all the answers are done, minimized to the level of advisory rather than instruction.
What Paul writes in his letter to the Corinthians sums up what every high school student should be thinking when they reach the point of graduation.
It’s time to let some things go, and it’s time to accept new challenges, goals. If done properly they won’t have time to wander aimlessly in the high school parking lot months after graduation. They’ll be too busy taking on a new world, one that has no problem ignoring their dreams, stopping their momentum, and challenging everything they were taught.
Here are some thoughts:
- Only look back for lessons learned, not for security– There’s nothing wrong with looking back, but don’t stay there. Don’t be the person that is still talking about the same high school issues ten years later. Don’t lean on “old victories” in high school to base your life off of (Sports records, etc..) God wants you to progress.
- Don’t be the “Could’ve Should’ve Person”-These people are the ones who had all the opportunities to be successful, but chose to be less. These are the people seen in towns all over America that people shake their heads at and say, “He/she could’ve been so much more.” God has a special purpose for you-don’t ever forget that!
- Don’t lose your love of Christ-Media has a wide assortment of material online and on TV that challenges Christianity. Stand firm in your faith, and “know that you know that you know.”
- Accept your new position in life- You’re a graduate. Accept the expectations that come along with that. A childlike mind will NOT manage. In a world that has already lost its way, a person with a childlike mind will be accepted or rejected. Give that solid handshake, look people in the eye, stand upright when you walk, actively engage the love of Christ. Don’t be denied. Take Austin Whitney, a UC Berkeley graduate for example. He was paralyzed in an auto accident four years ago, which left him paralyzed(Click here for full story, video). However, he was not going to give up his dream of walking across the stage to receive his diploma. Thanks to an “Austin” exoskeleton, developed by Prof. Homayoon Kazerooni along with his group of mechanical engineering students from Berkeley, Whitney accepted his diploma, upright, walking forward. He wasn’t going to be denied.
God grants us all to be the best we can be. All that is necessary is to trust in him, obey his instructions, and serve the world with humility, grace, mercy, and love.
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