Wisdom for Graduates
It’s Commencement season! I want to take a moment and speak to those of your that are graduating or moving onto a new endeavors this spring.
Graduation can be defined as both the end and the beginning of a new era in our lives. It is the end of a long endeavor to take us to a new level. It is the beginning of a brand new era of our life for which we have much hope, expectation, and anticipation.
All new eras need to start with two questions. (See Acts 22:8-10).
Question #1: Who is God?
The first question is “Who is God?” Here we are coming to grips with who our heavenly Father really is. What is His plan, purpose and impact on our lives? What is the role of Jesus and the Holy Spirit? The more closely you align to the Biblical view of who God is, the more direction and focus your life will have.
Question #2: Who am I?
This question is very simple— “Who am I?” To move ahead, we must know who we are. This includes our strengths, personality, likes, dislikes, etc. Following our five categories to consider as you answer this question.
- Personality and temperament—what is your makeup?
- Talents, competencies and expertise—what are you good at?
- Passions, interests—what excites you?
- Spheres of influence—who speaks into your life?
- Personal history—where have you been/what have you done?
(For additional information, please click this link for an entire message on these five delivered by me on April 23-24, 2016.)
Ask For Help
As you reflect on the questions above, ask others to help. This might be your parents, your friends, your teachers, your small group members or your pastor. Often times those who love us and know us well can help us as we journey through this process. I believe that if we take time to ponder these areas and ask for input, we’ll have clarity, focus and direction as we seek to answer the question, “Who am I?”
Be Bold and Daring
This world seems to reward those who step out and take action. I have found that true confidence comes from a deep, intimate walk with Jesus Christ. It’s so important to foster and grow our relationship with Jesus because as that relationship grow, so does our confidence and boldness. Use that courage to take risk in the Kingdom. Remember, even if you fail, the Lord will always love you. He’s looking for a people who will glorify His Son while walking in righteousness, peace and joy.
My prayer for you is that you will be blessed beyond your dreams. God has wonderful plans for each person. The destiny He has created is far beyond anything we’ve ever asked or imagined. My recommendation is that you trust the Lord for things way beyond your comfort zone. You’ll be amazed how many things actually come to pass. We’re blessed to have so many. Our prayer is that you see your dreams come true.
As you progress in life, two things. First, always remember the Lord. Second, always remember your church family during these years.