To the graduating class of 2014, the absolute best advice I could ever give you is this: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 New King James Version)
There you have it — just trust in Jesus. He will not steer you in the wrong direction; His motives for you and your life are out of love and love only, and the only thing He wants in return is your love.
Life isn’t always easy, sometimes. To be honest, it is down right hard. But you’ll get through it. God already knows what you are facing, but He also has already equipped you with the tools to go through the ups and downs.
There will come a day and you’ll look back and wonder, how did I get here? You’ll realize that you made some friends along the way that will truly become friends forever and you’ll learn that some people really only need to be in your life for a season. And that is OK too.
Here is one other little piece of advice — don’t fight Jesus on what He has already ordained you do to while you walk this earth. I can tell you from my own experience, that when you run from your calling, or say, I’ll begin do this or that tomorrow or next week, well, tomorrow turns into five years, and then 10 years. Those ideas and passions you once had, they will still be there, but unfulfilled.
Not everyone will walk the same path as you, and so be it. Jesus didn’t make us all to be the same. Nor did He intend for all of paths to be parallel to one another.
Whatever your next step in life is, do it with your whole heart. If it is college, then give it all you’ve got. If it is a career, then feel blessed you have a job, because there are thousands out there who do not. If you are serving our country, then let me be one of the first ones to say “thank you!”
I don’t know what you have planned to do after you’ve walked across the stage and been handed your diploma you’ve waited so long for, but Jesus knows.
Life is scary, crazy and unexpected at times. And in a moment, it becomes beautiful, and you are reminded about how good humanity really is, and those very moments may impact you forever.
We often want to hold on to what we know, or what we are comfortable with, but His ways and plans are higher and better. Go ahead and accept that now, class of 2014, learn this lesson earlier in life, rather than in the latter part.
If you had told me when I was 17 years old walking across the stage at Heritage High School that I would be where I am today, I would probably have never believed you. You see, Jesus knows that we — His silly little children — will try and do things our way first, but if we would just let Him guide us, and if we would just trust in Him, He has it all under control.
Please do not say that you are different and are not equipped to do certain things in life. Don’t tell me you don’t think Jesus has plans for you and your life.
I wasn’t the typical child, with a typical family. I had my ups and downs and all-arounds, too. But here I am today, a wife, a mother. And though one of my greatest handicaps is that I’m dyslexic, God has allowed me to work for a newspaper.
So, please don’t tell me God can’t use you. He will use you in a place you least expect Him to.
Recently someone shared a pictured with me of Jesus and a little girl. Jesus is kneeling down talking to a little girl, with the words, “Trust me” written above His head. The little girl is pictured holding a stuffed animal in her hand, and above her head are the words, “But I love it, God.”
In the picture, Jesus is holding out His hand, as if He wants to take the bear from her. And He does want to take the bear from her because what is behind his back is a bigger, better bear.
Trust Jesus class of 2014. What He has planned for you and your life is beyond your comprehension.
Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.