Dear senior in high school:

You have come a long way, and now you are on adulthood’s brink.

You experienced kindergarten as if it was a fun daycare full of play time and learning easy sounds to the words you know today. Recess was a time of making friends that you either still have today or just had for the moment before they moved to a different school or even out of state. You looked forward to nap time and still wish that you could have it as an elective for this school year. All of that “hard work” paid off when you walked across the stage with your little cap and gown, entering into a new world of unknowns.

Elementary came along, and you began learning tougher subjects. Math wasn’t just “2+2=4” anymore, but rather it was little equations that you had to solve over and over. You had to trace each letter of the alphabet repeatedly as you learned cursive writing, and the Bible stories you were taught then as your teacher showed you pictures of different Bible characters on a poster still are in your memory today. You began forming groups of friends that included laughter, tears, and nonsense episodes of drama, and you started to learn a little more about yourself with the talents you discovered you had in you as junior high slowly crept up on you.

When junior high began, you were so overwhelmed and confused with your schedule of seven classes that you raced to each hour. You didn’t think senior year would come any sooner, and you went through the motions of having different friendships every month it seemed like. Sports and/or the performing arts interested you greatly, and you really started living out your talents by taking part in those extracurricular activities. You started to mature more, which led into your high school years.

As you entered your last four years of school, you were so relieved that you were almost done. Classes got shorter and easier as your senior year got closer, and it gave you more flexibility to do what actually interested you. You went on class trips, took your boyfriend/girlfriend to prom (or even just went with a group of friends), and let out deep breaths of relief as you checked core classes off of your list one by one. You still had work to do, but at least you knew you were almost finished.

Now, you are a senior. You may think that you can slack off this year and don’t have to put in any effort, but PLEASE make this your best year yet. For those of you who are reading this that do go to a Christian school and are born-again Christians (as I know most of the students who read my blog posts are from the Christian school I go to), don’t leave God in your previous years. Bring Him with you in this last year of high school. You just endured so many years of joy, laughter, crying, pain, and so much more, and you will have that again this year, I’m sure. You need God in those times, whether good or bad. For everyone, Christian or non-Christian, do your best in the classes you have left, find strength and enjoyment in the sports, band, chorus, and drama you take part in this year. Don’t fool around and make an embarrassment of yourself because there are hundreds of underclassmen watching your every move. They look up to you, and they will continue the legacy that you leave behind. So, make it a good one. Don’t be afraid to stand up for what is right. Doing right has never been an easy task, but it is the best thing you could do for yourself and for others around you. When all the work is done and you walk across that stage, receiving your diploma, keep pressing on. You are more than what people have said about you over the years. You matter, and you don’t need the approval of others in order to find your value and worth in this world…not now, and not in the future. You are beautiful just the way you are, and you are loved by the God of this universe who calls you by name. Don’t leave God in your high school, elementary, and kindergarten years. Take Him with you on the next chapter of your life and for years down the road. If you don’t, He’ll be waiting for you right where you left Him. You are almost done. Do what’s right, have fun, be the best you can be, and good luck class of 2018!!

Hebrews 12:1-2

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

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