Things I Wish I Had Known

Hey y’all… how’s your mama and ’em?

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29_11How quickly the past year has flown by!  This time last year, my oldest was a freshly minted, high school graduate and by this time next year my second oldest will be, as well.

Graduation is a time filled with mixed emotion. The end of what you’ve always known and the beginning of the rest of your life will cause feelings of happiness,/sadness, excitement/ anxiety.  (These feelings apply to graduates and parents alike!)  As students become adults and embark on this new chapter of life, I would like to share some of the things I wish I had known when I was graduating.  Here goes:

  1. Keep God first. The busier life is the easier it seems to let God take the backseat. Make time daily for prayer and Bible study.  (Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.  Matthew 6:33 NLT)
  2. Bad company corrupts good character. Bad influences tend to tear down more than good influences build up. Choose your friends wisely.  (Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV)
  3. Friends come and go. Family stays. Make sure your strongest bonds are with those who have your best interests at heart.  (But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.  Ruth 1:16 NIV)
  1. Pride goes before a fall. Have a teachable spirit and never stop seeking wisdom.  (Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18 NIV)
  2. Doing the right thing isn’t always the easy thing. Being able to do the right thing
    regardless of what it costs you defines integrity. (The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.  Micah 6:8 NLT)
  3. Day one of college is level playing ground for all Freshmen. Everyone else feels just as lost and confused as you will. Find your groove, find your people, and don’t be embarrassed to ask for help. (Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NLT)
  4. Nothing comes easy. If it’s worth having, it’s worth working hard to attain. Just
    because it seems insurmountable doesn’t mean it isn’t possible. (For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”  2 Thessalonians 3:10)
  5. There will always be nay-sayers. Let words of discouragement challenge you to
    prove them wrong.  (Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”  The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.” 1 Samuel 17:33, 37 NIV)
  6. Your parents will always be your biggest fans, supporters, and cheerleaders.
    Treasure them.  (“Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.  Exodus 20:12 NIV)
  7. Have fun. Breathe. In the words of Walt Disney, “Keep moving forward.”  ( I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 3:14 NIV)

I pray as the Class of 2018 prepares for their future, they will find happiness and peace as they seek the Lord and His will for their lives!

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Have a blessed week, y’all!

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