Class of 2018,

We finally made it!

After all of the long days, short nights, and everything in between, we are officially finished with a big chapter of our lives, and we are moving on to the next.

So, what really is next in this new big chapter?

Maybe you got accepted to that dream college that you will start at this summer or in the fall. You know exactly what you are going to major in, and now you’re reaching toward the goal of getting your college diploma in the degree of your choice.

Maybe you didn’t get into the college you wanted to get in, but you are settling for second best. You think you know what you want to do, but you aren’t quite sure yet.

If neither of those options sounds like you, maybe your situation is a combination of different things. You are in your dream college, but don’t know what to do, or you are not in your dream college and you know exactly what you want to do. Perhaps you aren’t going to college at all and have something else in mind.

Whatever the status is of where you are at in the beginning of this new chapter, you are going to make decisions that will take you somewhere.

In Psalm 23:1, it says, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

As human beings, we are often classified as sheep. Why? Because sheep are simply dumb. They follow after what their fellow sheep are doing rather than making decisions for themselves to do what they want and what they know is right for them. If you’ve ever seen a herd of sheep together, you will know exactly what I’m talking about, and that is why we are considered to be just like one of them.

When someone coaxes us to do something, what do we do? We do it. Depending on the situation that we take part in, we often times end up regretting doing what we were coaxed to do.

The verse says that the LORD is our shepherd. A shepherd guides animals to go into the right direction, and that is exactly what God does with us.

This is vitally important because in life, we will have to make decisions. We’ve already had to make decisions and are continuing to make decisions that will set up the path for our future. The decisions we make will either take us to a place of good or a place of bad.

Cling to the Lord and follow His lead.

When someone tempts you to drink alcohol or have that “one night stand,” refuse to do it. When drugs are put right in front of your eyes, and you are tempted to utilize it for pleasure, DON’T. Get away from the people who will tear you down and lead you astray from where God wants you to go, and hold fast to God.

Surround yourself with people who will encourage you along the way and who want to do what is right in life in order to get to the destination that they are called to by God for their future here on earth.

One decision can alter your future forever. Make the right choice. Wrong things may be appeasing and look cool since everyone else is doing them, but in the end, they lead to destruction.

Wherever you are at in life, it’s never too late to turn around and head in the right direction if you got off track. It’s never too late to trust God and ask Him to guide you and lead you to where He wants you.

We are dumb, but God knows everything about us because He created us. He knows what is best.

So, class of 2018, what are you going to do with your life?

Ask yourself that question and be honest with yourself. I pray you will have a life full of success in the things that please God and glorify Him, and I pray you will enjoy the journey ahead.

For those of you who are Christians, remember this: When you graduate from high school, you don’t graduate from your faith.

Congratulations! You are off to a start for bigger and greater things. Stay the course.

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