In honor of so many I know graduating this year I wanted to share the words I spoke:
You've done it. You are graduating from high school in just a few days. I remember from my high school days those last few days of school....you are so excited, talking about what your doing for graduation, what your doing for summer, what college your going too, and maybe signing a few year books. In all your plans that you are making, are you including God? Proverbs 16:3 says "Commit to you the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed." The footnotes in my bible read: "Still others commit a task fully to the Lord, but put forth no effort themselves, and then wonder why they do not succeed. We must maintain a delicate balance: trusting God as if everything depended on Him, while working as if everything depends on us." As you close your senior year, have committed your future to the Lord? Are you willing to put forth some effort? Moms, grandmothers, friends, have you committed your loved one to the Lord? Proverbs 16:9 says "In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps." Always remember the Lord is in control. Jeremiah 29:11 says "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 a hope and a future. Graduates of 2007 (and now today Graduates of 2014) you have a hope and a future.
When I graduated from high school most people wrote something like this...you are awesome, don't ever change in yearbooks and notes. Does that sound familiar? Are you writing that? Shortly, after I graduated, I heard someone say that we should not write that. I agree today. If you have written those words though remember there is no condemnation in Christ!! Change means to become transformed. Romans 12:2 states "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing, and perfect will." We are called to be changed. Ecclesiastes 8:1 "Who is like the wise man? Who knows the explanation of things? Wisdom brightens a man's face and changes its hard appearance." Wisdom comes from God and spending time with Him. When we spend time with the Creator, He changes us. 2 Corinthians 3:18 says "And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." God is transforming us daily. We must allow Him. Graduates of '07, and today, keep on changing!.