To The Class Of 2013

With many of you preparing to graduate, and some of you already graduating from college, I wanted to share with you some powerful words as you pursue the next leg of your journey through this thing we call life. Since many times I struggle to come up with the right words, allow me to draw from the words of other influential individuals…

“It is clear the future holds great opportunities. It also holds pitfalls. The trick will be to avoid the pitfalls, seize the opportunities, and get back home by six o’clock.”  Woody Allen

“You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.”  Tom Brokaw

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  Nelson Mandela

“The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change.”  Maya Angelou

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”  EE Cummings

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”  Confucius

And no good minister is going to give you encouraging words as you graduate and not include God’s word. So here are some Biblical words of advice as you embark on the future…

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 19:21 – Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Romans 8:28 – And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

Joshua 1:9 – Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Jeremiah 29:11 – “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.”

Congrats, you did it!

In Christ,

Josh

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