John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; I do not give it to you as the world does. Do not let your hearts be distressed or lacking in courage.
When most of us think of graduation, we think of kids. Whether it’s kindergarten, high school or college, the connotation with graduation seems inextricably linked to the young.
And this makes sense because the thing we think about most with young people is what they are going to do. Who they are going to become. Where they are going to go. There’s so much potential and future and it’s exciting to consider.
Speaking of exciting, if you are young and reading this, it’s an exciting time for you. Your future could be a place where you become some important transformative figure in the world.
Or maybe you show up on Wheel of Fortune and have the round of your life.
Or maybe you turn into an awesome person who is a great addition to your local community.
Regardless, it’s exciting that your future is full of so much “maybe”.
If you are less young and reading this, you may feel like there’s not really that much “maybe” possible for you. But don’t buy into that lie.
We all have futures and we are always graduating into new opportunities and seasons of life. To think we only have exciting futures when we are young, well, that isn’t from God. (Remember Abraham and Sarah...they had their whole future change around the age of 99! Read Genesis 17 if you forgot about that one.)
So as you go, whether you are young or old, go boldly and seize every opportunity that comes before you. Why? Because we have a peace in us that is greater than anything we can find in this world and we can take courage in the fact that no matter what “maybe” our future turns out to be, Christ will be there with us every step of the way.
Sometimes, it’s really hard to get out of your immediate present to even think about the future. What are 2-3 things you want your life to be in the next 5-10 years? What are 2-3 ways you want your relationship with God to be different in the next 5-10 years?
God, I thank you so much that you give us the awareness to consider the past, present and future. I thank you that in you, we have freedom and with that freedom comes so much possibility. I ask for clarity as it relates to my future and that you would communicate where and what you want from me. Help me to take all the steps along the way that you would have me take, God, and help me to be sensitive to your voice as I go. Amen!