As Circle approaches graduation day for high school seniors, it is a time of reflection for many of us: the seniors thinking about plans for their future; the parents thinking about all the things they wish they still had time to do and share with their senior; the staff thinking about the many details to make the graduation special for the seniors and their families. As I reflect, I’m reminded that the students in this year’s graduation class were preschoolers when I became part of the staff fourteen years ago. I have watched many of the students grow from those little boys and girls into teenagers and then the young men and the young ladies they are today.
My prayer for them has always been that they will have a heart after God, just as their parents prayed, and that they will become the Godly young men and women He has designed them to be from the beginning of time. One of the questions I always avoided asking the high school students was “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I would rather ask them, “What are the specific strengths, talents, and abilities that you know God gave you to use in your life?”
Once they reflected on that idea, they could then anticipate how God might use those traits in their future. By now, that question has taken on a newer and more personal meaning. Some of the seniors will be going to college or postsecondary training; others will be seeking employment to enter the workforce; still others will be waiting on God to help them determine the next step, but whatever the path, they can be assured that God has a plan for their future!
Seniors, my word of encouragement to you is to always let God and His Word have first place in your heart because it is His precious Word that brings faith to your heart and gives you the ability to trust Him. As you reflect on the many memories in the past years and now step out into your future, may you always walk with God.
Psalm 40:8 “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.”
Have a great week!