WARNING: If you haven’t read the first blog post to this continued version, you may want to go read it really quick! 🙂 It is simply entitled, “A Note to the Senior.”
Wow, where has the time gone?
Just six months ago, I wrote a blog post in the form of a letter to my fellow seniors entering their last year of high school, and here we are, just three months away from graduation.
So, with that being said, let the letter continue…
Dear senior who is almost finished with high school:
Time has flown.
It feels like just yesterday you were posting your “last, first day of school” pictures all over Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook (if you classify to be one of those younger people who still have a Facebook account like me, ha!). You walked into school as if you owned the campus, and you made it a point to catch up with all of your fellow classmates after a long summer break.
The hot, mosquito-infested nights turned into cool, loud ones as football season started. You attended as many games as you could, danced away to the songs the marching band played, and got pumped up with the cheerleaders as they encouraged the crowd to engage in the spirit-filled games. Homecoming came and went, with students voting for the top representatives in their classes, and festive parades crowded the streets with candy being thrown and air horns being blasted as each float went by.
Aside from football, other fall/winter activities began as the marching band performed in several competitions, as well as the cheerleaders. The cross country team gave it their all individually and as a collective group by running as hard as they could, and the basketball teams “laid up” several victories for their records.
All of the games, meets, and competitions came to an end, as you reflected back on all the fun memories and championships that happened, and you could not wait for mid-terms to get over so you could finally have a couple weeks of break for Christmas and the New Year.
Christmas break did indeed come, and you dreaded going back to school after January 1st.
School got back in, and with that came “senioritis” (if it didn’t already hit you beforehand). You had no motivation to get back in the swing of things, and all you wanted was to just be done with the second semester when you went back to school.
February is here now and about to come to an end, and there are just around 90 days left until you walk across that stage to receive your diploma. You probably applied for as many colleges as you could, and now all you are doing is either waiting for a response, or waiting to make a decision as you already have your responses from the colleges you’ve applied to.
In all the decision-making and chaos that you have going on right now as you anticipate spring sports, spring break, senior trips, prom, and finally graduation, I want to give you some words of encouragement…
It may seem like the stress and pressure of the world is hanging down on your shoulders right now. You may feel like you don’t know what to do about your future, and you may not even know where you want to go to college or what career path you even want to take.
I know how you feel because I was once there.
Ask yourself these questions: “What am I passionate about?” “What do I enjoy doing the most?” “What goals do I have in life?”
Deep down inside, we ALL have a gift. Whether it be the gift of athleticism, music, encouragement, teaching, helping, speaking, writing, math/problem solving, fixing things, science, etc., there is at least one thing you can identify yourself with that you are good at.
You weren’t given that gift just to use it in high school and throw it away. That gift didn’t just show up. The very same God that created this whole universe created you, and He created you with that gift in mind. He even created you with MORE than one gift.
Maybe that very thing you are good at is the very thing you should chase after and pursue.
My piano teacher told me not too long ago to, “Go through the open doors, because that is where God’s plan is for you.”
Take your gift/talent and ask God to open up doors with it, or ask God what His plan is for you when it comes to that thing(s) you are good at doing best.
For me, one of my gifts that I am extremely passionate about is the gift of playing music. I’ve played music since fifth grade, and if you told me back then that I would be using that gift in the future for a career, I probably would not have believed you. In my early years of high school, I wanted to be a pediatric surgeon, but over time, God shifted the gears and opened my eyes. He opened my eyes to the reality of Him wanting me to pursue music by several doors that have opened up for me with expanding my music abilities, as well as allowing me to make connections with people at a local college where He has provided for me to go to in the fall.
So, start with the basics. Evaluate yourself. See what you’re good at and what God has given you with the resources He’s given you, and pray. Pray for God to move and work. Pray for Him to open small doors that lead to the big plans He has for you. Don’t try to go your own way because things will not work out how you intended them to be.
Lastly, don’t shut yourself out completely from high school yet. You still have three months. Make it the best, last three months of your high school career. You’ll never get this time back, so cherish it while you can.
I’ll catch up with you soon…
Your friend and fellow senior, McKenzi
Jeremiah 29:11 was written in the context of the Lord speaking to the captives in Babylon. You may be feeling held captive yourself right now, being under pressure with decisions and so much more. Cling to this verse, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Proverbs 3:5-7 says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes, fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”