High School Graduation season is here. Some have already walked across the stage and received their High School Diploma.
Tonight our son, Andrew, will take that walk – one I took on a different stage 30 years ago. He has plans laid out for college and graduate school, but tonight he takes a big step along with thousands of others 17-19 year olds across the United States.
As he and others enter the post-high school phase of life, I offer advice that has stood the test of time.
- To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth—Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. Proverbs 1:2-10
- The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13.
I want to give all of the graduates a blessing. A blessing to take with them wherever they go and however far life takes them. You can pass this along to the graduates you know:
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you;
the Lord lift up His countenance toward you and give you peace.
2 thoughts on “For the Graduates”
So well said Scott. I am so concerned for our young people. The pressure they are under and if they have no Biblical knowledge or parents who are Godly Christians, these young people have a hard life ahead of them.
I have grew up in a Christian family, my parents were & still are the best and taught me right from wrong in every aspect of the way. However I drifted away not from my Christian family nor my family but just “the ways I was taught”. These days it doesn’t matter if you are from a Christian back ground or any type of church back ground at all. Kids will be taught right from wrong but it is all about the way they deal with the ways of the world. If they do drift away from the ways they were taught I pray they get the help they need as I did. I “woke up” as you could say one day and realized the path I was going down was going to do one of two things. Either kill me because my kidneys had started to shut down or kill my husband and parents because they were worrying their selfs to death about me every single minute. I’m pleased to say today that I have been clean & sober for over 6 years now. I have repaired my relationship with my husband which is wonderful now & also my parents who have complete trust in me, which has taken a very long time in which I wouldn’t have expected it any other way. I didn’t get myself into this mess overnight so I didn’t expect it to be fixed overnight but over time, years it was. So basically this long response is saying no matter the background you come from there will be setbacks, bad days & some that just don’t get college all together. Don’t punish them for it, talk with them or they will turn to the wrong stuff that they might not come out of.