It is that time of year when tassels are being turned and diplomas are being earned.The day that all high schoolers have been waiting for has come and there is only one thing I have to say to all of those seniors who are about to take their final bows…Congratulations! Becoming a high school graduate is not only a tremendous accomplishment, but a respected honor. These last four years have consisted of many sleepless nights, football games, and extra curricular activities. However, all of the hard work, dedication, and perseverance to be a part of something great has only just begun. Joshua 1:7-9 says
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
As graduates go out into the world, it is important to remind them to keep a balance of their prior adolescent teachings along with their open mindedness to new experiences. When I was younger, I use to remember my teachers telling me, “The sky is the limit.” I have always disagreed with this statement because the sky is not the limit. There are no limits. So, if you want to be a singer, be a singer. If you want to be a doctor, be a doctor. If you want to be a singing, dancing, animal loving, astronaut, then do it! Your life is OPERATION UNWRITTEN and with the guidance of the Lord, it is up to you to write your beginning, middle, and end. Stop focusing so much on the little rear view mirror regretting the past. Look ahead at the front window that is full of endless opportunities to be great and always remember you are blessed, brilliant, and beautiful.