Looking At The Class Of 2021
These excerpts are from the Grad Prep Sessions in the ConGRADulations! Class Of 2021 Gift Of Music.
As seniors move toward graduation, it is only natural, and good, for them to want to look back and celebrate their past. They have grown from children into young adults — a passage of life that needs to be acknowledged and fêted. When you give them a chance to talk over some of the significant milestones of their life, you will be reinforcing the importance of their journey.
Make sure that your young friends look back on their past relationships and activities in a positive way that gives God the credit and praise for bringing them to this point. It would be easy to merely laugh over how skinny they were, or how fumbling they were in their first attempts to drive a car, etc. But in looking back, you want your Grads to see the hand of God in their experiences, and for them to give Him glory because of it.
You might be surprised at how much your graduating seniors are merely “following their noses” rather than determining the direction for their lives. Many young people, overwhelmed by the sheer numbers and significance of the choices that they have to make, simply follow the path of least resistance. Oh sure, they’ll give you all the “reasons” for their choices, but in reality, they are simply doing what is easiest or most expected.
You want your Grads to be able to pursue God’s best for their lives. That often means taking risks and dealing with the unpredictable. Knowing what risks should be taken, and which ones to avoid, is a function of wisdom. Wisdom from God’s Word, coupled with a thoughtful strategy for life, will help your young friends to alleviate the fear they feel as they face the future… and give them the confidence they need to make the most of the opportunities they encounter.
If there’s one thing that graduating seniors have a real interest in, it’s the future. Everyone wishes that he had a crystal ball and could peer into the time to come. But, if you think about it a bit, not knowing the future isn’t a problem… but not knowing the One who has the future in His hands is! It’s only when we trust God’s guidance and direction will we feel confident about our future.
What’s of real importance for your Seniors is how they will respond to the freedoms and choices that become theirs in six months after graduation. For too many Seniors, when they graduate out of high school, they also “graduate” out of their faith. It will be of vital importance for you to talk through the issues of finding a church, involvement in campus ministries, personal disciplines, and discernment.