As you prepare to enter the next chapter of your life you are probably experiencing feelings that
range from excitement to fear. Excitement because your whole life is in
front of you, fear because you question your ability to succeed at the next level.
You may be asking yourself questions like: Will I make the grades, or excel on the field? Will I find the person I will marry? Will I find my place in this world?
As you will soon discover, you will find your place in this world like the millions who have gone before you. You will make new friends and sooner or later find that significant other. You will surprise yourself one moment and question how you could do something so stupid the next.
You will experience great highs, severe lows – you will laugh until it hurts and cry yourself to sleep. To say that the next several years of your life will be more like the roaring rapids of the Colorado River than the steady streams of our local creeks is an understatement.
Unfortunately many young adults have cut their futures short because they were ill-equipped to handle the enormous responsibility of independence. They followed the crowd, let their insecurities dictate their next move and at times just simply didn’t think about the consequences of their actions. As a result, they found out too soon what can happen when one poor choice forces a person to face the harsh realities of life.
In Psalm 119:9, the Psalmist asks the question, “How can a young man keep his way pure?” His answer, “By guarding it according to Your Word.” Yes, you are now independent of your parents, your teachers, coaches and peers and responsible for making your own choices. Yes, you don’t have to listen to anyone anymore, that is your choice.
But please, lend your ear to this bit of advice, if you listen to no one else, listen to the Word of God. For the Word of God is a wealth of wisdom and will safely guide you through the rest of your life.
You get one chance to be young, and trust me, it will come and go faster than you expect. So make the most of every choice, moment by moment, making those choices based upon the Truth of God’s Word and not based on your feelings, wants or desires. Reverence God, place your faith in His Word and trust that His future for you is the best future for you.
I’ll leave you with these words from the Proverbs of Solomon 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him,and he will make straight your paths.”
You are the future leaders of the Church, our Country and the World and so therefore I pray that you become all that God wants you to be and that by consistently making the right choices you will strengthen the world around you, make your parents proud and bring glory to God. Now go get’ed!
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