Hey Class of 2015
You are about to throw your cap and move into the so-called real world. You have a million ideas about what the real world is and most of them will turn out to be wrong. The media has told you over and over again that there are no jobs.
You are entering a beautiful new world, with technology and business and culture changing faster than we can comprehend. It's new to all of us every day.
Graduate of 2015, you are capable and God has prepared something dangerously great for your life. And He has prepared you to meet it.
So meet it head-on.
Your parents may tell you one thing and your friends something else. The media will tell you something else and put everything in a blender. A confusing information concoction.
I hope the following will prove helpful during this formative time:
- Know how much you don't know. Be a sponge and be curious and humbly seek to learn and grow. You don't know what you don't know - and that's okay. Just learn.
- God loves you disruptively. Meaning, your life will hurt. It will be hard. Your job won't work out and your love interest won't be that in to you. You will face the loss of loved ones and your heart will get calloused if you aren't careful. Hard times make soft hearts - lean into God when it hits the fan.
- Work hard. Even if you don't know what you want to do with your life, work hard wherever you are. Don't live in a murky gray standstill of "I don't know what my calling is." Look for the intersection of our passion, skills, and opportunity and do something. If you are confused on your calling or giftings, read this.
- Mind your time. If you do not actively manage your time, someone else will do that for you: television, the internet, friends, parents, etc. Invest your time in loving God and loving others. Learn to quiet the noise of distraction.
- Be yourself. God doesn't need you to be anyone else but you. Be a poetry-loving power lifter. A lawyer/balloon animal maker. An mime CPA. Just be you and don't let what others think you should be control your identity. If you know Jesus you are a new creation in Him and He is your identity.
So go to those graduation parties and eat your cookie cake. Hug your family and friends and you can shed a dramatic tear as you drive off in your Honda.
And last thing - save some of your graduation card money for a rainy day. Godspeed.