A Word for Our High School Graduates

Congratulations to everybody graduating from high school this spring.  Graduates, you have spent a good portion of your lives in a classroom.  You have worked hard.  You have read books, written essays, and taken countless exams.  Your diploma certifies that you have met the educational requirements for graduation.  Your diploma also opens many doors of opportunity for further education and employment.  I join your family and friends in declaring, “Job well done!”

Among all you have learned thus far, I hope you have also learned to be a learner.  Be inquisitive.  Ask lots of questions as you continue your journey through life and pursue deeper understanding with vigor.  William Shakespeare said, “A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”  Only a fool thinks he knows everything.  Proverbs 12:15 says, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.”  Don’t be a fool.  Be teachable.

I also hope you will exercise faith in God.  Work your faith like you would your mind or your muscles.  Practice trusting God every day.  Spend time with God as you read your Bible.  Share your concerns as well as your victories with Him through prayer.  Proverbs 28:26, “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be delivered.”  Don’t be a fool.  Instead recognize your weaknesses.  Even celebrate them!  These are opportunities to trust God and see Him do marvelous things.  Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

I leave you with this final thought.  Jesus said, “I AM the Good Shepherd (John 10:11).”  A shepherd lives among the sheep.  He loves the sheep and makes sure their needs are provided.  He cares for their injuries and fights off danger.  A shepherd even lays his life down for the sake of his sheep.  Jesus has done all of those things for you.  So be a good sheep.  Stay close to the Good Shepherd.  That is the safest and most peaceful place for a sheep to be.  Only a fool would wander off.  Don’t be a fool.  Remain close to Jesus.

Dear graduates, “The LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.” – Numbers 6:24-26.