2008-05-20 - Advice for Graduates
Down in my neck of the woods, students are getting ready to be out of school for the summer. With that in mind, I wanted to share a couple of verses and some thoughts with those who will be graduating from high school and their parents.
Proverbs 22:6 - Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
This verse shows two stages in a child and parents life. It speaks of a changing role. First, there is the child in training and then the older independent child. In this transition parents must learn to let go and it's not easy because they have spent 18 years or so being the all in all for their children, meeting their needs to the best of their ability. It is not easy but parents trust them if you raised them properly. Some of it did sink it. Students, be patient with your parents as they change from providers to advisers. Be patient and, one day, you just may have gained a lifelong friend.
Hebrews 10:24-25a (NCV) - Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds. You should not stay away from the church meetings, as some are doing, but you should meet together and encourage each other.
Seventy percent of young adults drop out of church for at least one year following high school. Please do not be a statistic. Stay strong in your faith. Whether you go straight into a career, join the military, or go to college. Find a church in your area with an active young adults program and join in. Do not fall away. Keep in contact with your friends from youth group and encourage one another to get involved in church. Make a pledge right now to do that your first week away from your parent's home.
May God bless you all and guide you.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted