A Word to Recent Graduates

A Word to Recent GradsA new class of graduates has entered the world at large.

While there are household dynamics that vary for some, for most of their lives, this group has lived in a fairly controlled environment. They’ve been nurtured and helped year-by-year by their parents, guardians, teachers, pastors, youth workers, friends, and family.

But as they launch out to the places God has called them to, here’s a brief word to keep G.R.A.D.s on course as they move ahead:

Press Towards the Goal

G – In Ecclesiastes 12:1, Solomon, one of the wisest men–who experimented with all the pleasures of life–said he forgot to remember the most important thing, God.

Your career ambitions, life goals & pursuits are all secondary to this.
Your career ambitions, life goals and pursuits are all secondary to this. If we learn anything from those that have gone before us, like Solomon, it’s that apart from God, nothing else matters. “Keep yourselves in the love of God,” Jude says, “looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

R – You’ve done it, grads! Now is the time to prove to others that you’re ready to be accountable. You’re an adult, and the actions you take now may have lasting rewards or consequences. It’s time to take Responsibility.

Your parents have done all they can to help you to this point. They’re for you, and will be cheering you on, but this is your time make choices for yourself and for your future family.

(Colossians 3:23-24: And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.)

A – Things may not come as easy for you as they have up to this point. How you deal with life’s situations will determine your future, and will reveal to yourself if you’re living up to your God-given potential. Be prepared to overcome Adversity.

You may have a boss that you don’t get along with. Your faith may be challenged for the first time in your life. Don’t be astonished when these things happen. Rather, be prepared.

(1 Corinthians 9:24-27: Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.)

D – No matter where you go or what you do, there is the one thing that God has called you to all the days of your life, namely, Discipleship.

So do it faithfully, diligently, regularly, and in the fullness of His Spirit.

(Matthew 28:18-20: And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.)

Not What, but Who

Whether you are a recent graduate yourself, or if you know someone who is, never forget that [tweetable]your purpose and worth in life isn’t determined by what you do, bur rather, by who you are.[/tweetable]

Determine in yourself to know God intimately, to take responsibility, to overcome adversity, and to make time for discipleship in and from your life.

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