I wrote the following for the senior class at Trinity Christian School as part of a special issue of the student newspaper that was dedicated to them:
Beloved Class of 2012,
I am so thankful that God gave me the opportunity to play a role in your lives and development (1 Thess. 2:8). As you head off to college, allow me to impart some final wisdom.
- Live a life of grace. Remember that the cross is of first importance (1 Cor. 15:3-4) and live in light of that fact. Avoid both legalism and licentiousness. Grow in obedience to God’s commands through his grace, and when you fail, fall back on that grace to help you get back up. And extend the grace you have been shown to those around you.
- Stay on task. College isn’t about parties and having fun. Study hard and go to class. But more importantly, engage in making disciples of all nations (Mt. 28:19-20). This purpose should drive all others. Join a good church, get involved in ministry, go on mission trips, give generously of your time and money. Don’t lose focus of the things God has called you to do.
- Write your plans in pencil. “The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps” (Pr. 16:9). Things often turn out much differently than you plan because God’s ways are not your ways; neither are his thoughts your thoughts (Is. 55:8-9). Your life will not go exactly as you expect it to. Remember that difficulties and disappointments ultimately work for your good (Rom. 8:28) and produce for you a far greater future glory (2 Cor. 4:17).
- Stay connected to your family and church. These are the people who love you unconditionally and who will be your anchor through all of life’s highs and lows. They are God’s designed support system for you much more so than your peers.
I will be praying for you all.
In Christian love,