There is just something about leaving teachers that have impacted you in the best and biggest ways possible, friends who have walked with you on the mountain and through the valley, and the place that saw your battles, friendships, and everything in between.
High school creates bonds and memories that can and never will be replaced, rewritten or forgotten. Friday night, May 20, my classmates and I will be gathered together for the very last time to walk across the stage and close this chapter of life. And exactly 3 months from graduation, I will move into Freed-Hardeman University to begin the next one.
To God be the glory for my high school career. To Him be the glory for my “wins”—grades and all kinds of successes—I’m so blessed that He gave me the knowledge and wisdom to be the best I could be. To Him be the glory for the “losses”—challenges, struggles, and just when things didn’t turn out like I wanted them—He taught me that His plan is truly better than anything I can plan. Our God always knows what’s best, no matter what we think is best.
It has been a blessing to be able to serve our God in the biggest mission field I have ever and will ever be in. It has truly been awesome to see what God has done over the past four years.
My prayer for the class of 2016 all over the world is that we begin this next stage of life with the sole purpose to glorify Him. If it was not for Him giving us the talents we have, then we could not have reached this point.
Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans of the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”
We can make plans, all kinds of plans, but it is truly the purpose of the Lord that will prevail. Look for Him in the little things. Trust that when things don’t go like you want them to, that He is leading you to something better. You will be able to look back in a few years and see how “all things (the good and the bad) worked together for good for those who love Him and those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Do we truly know what exactly our plans are after graduation—what challenges we'll face and what victories we'll celebrate? No, but we do know that we will go wherever our sweet Jesus takes us because He knows; He has a plan. He knows all things, and I cannot wait to see what His plans for us are.