Congratulations graduates! You made it! But now what? Where do you go from here?
If so, where? And why? What do you plan on doing there? What do you plan on doing after that? How are you going to find success?
That’s all we’ve been asked over the past year. Some of us longer.
“So where are you going to college? What are you majoring in? What do you want to do with your life?”
There’s a pressure to know exactly what we will be doing and how the rest of our lives are supposed to pan out.
It’s okay to not have the answers right now. It’s okay to never have those answers.
Just as it says “For I know the plans I have for you…”
God has placed certain loves, certain passions, certain talents, and certain opportunities in your life.
These things can be best described as “hints” as to the path God has for your life. So follow your passions, take those opportunities, discover the joy of living a full life in Christ without having to worry about the future.
But as you begin to live your life, to discern the plans The Father has for you.. I have one request, one mission, one call to action.
Wherever You Go, Do Good.
Each one of us has the potential to change the world! If not the world in it’s entirety, we have the ability to change someone’s world!
Through acts of kindness, encouraging words.
Make everything that you do matter!
We are called to do so within so many places in scripture!
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
“Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”
Do not neglect to do good and to be generous, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.
for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
God wants to bring joy into our lives, and He wants to bring joy to others!
Let him use you in such fashion!
Allow Him to work through you!
It is so easy to become caught up in this world, to let time fly by us in such a way that every once and a while we stop and look back, asking ourselves where did the time go? And what do I have to show for said time?
Living a life for nothing but yourself is not the way to live a life that matters.
Love the Lord with all your heart, and love others just as He loves you.
Because He DOES love you. More than you could ever know.
More than I could ever even dream of conveying to you.
It’s a love like no other, and there is nothing we could ever do to lose it, a love that we never have to prove our worth for. Which is something I personally am extremely grateful for.
Love others just as God loves you.
Wherever you go, do good.
I would like to leave you with this story, it is one that has been told to me many times in the face of discouragement, and has fueled my passion for making the world a better place. There is so much negativity in the world, sometimes it seems like the only option is to lay down and let it consume you.
Be a light in this world. A lantern in the darkness.
An old man had a habit of early morning walks on the beach. One day, after a storm, he saw a human figure in the distance moving like a dancer. As he came closer he saw that it was a young woman and she was not dancing but was reaching down to the sand, picking up a starfish and very gently throwing them into the ocean.
“Young lady,” he asked, “Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
“The sun is up, and the tide is going out, and if I do not throw them in they will die.”
“But young lady, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You cannot possibly make a difference.”
The young woman listened politely, paused and then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves, saying, “It made a difference for that one.”