Pastor's Corner - May 2016

GRADUATION

The invitations are coming in the mail, being handed out in the church foyer and it’s almost the month of May.  What does all this mean?  Graduation time!

 

Preparations are already underway for our combined Treasure Valley Baptist School and Home School High School Graduation Service on Sunday, May 29th during our evening service.  Dr. David Gibbs will be with us as the special guest speaker.

 

It’s hard to believe that another school year has come and gone, and that we are ready to send a new class of young people out into the world.  Hence, whether you’ve been Home Schooled, attended Treasure Valley Baptist School, or another Christian School, or are graduating from a Public School; I offer some sound advice:

 

                                                                     PARENTS

 

Graduates, this is a time in your life when you should rely heavily upon insight from your parents.  Your folks may not be highly educated, but they know you.  In most cases, no one has your best interest at heart like your Mom and Dad.  Value their advice.  Listen when they talk.  Involve them in your decision making.  Bounce your ideas off of them.  While some young people may want to break free from their parents’ influence, make it your business to involve them in your life.  There will come a day when you will realize how smart they really are.

 

FRIENDS

 

It doesn’t matter who you are or where you go; you will become like those you are with.  Whether you are planning to attend Bible college, enroll in secular college, join the military or enter the workforce, surround yourself with people who will challenge you.  Too often we warn teens about the wrong crowd without admonishing them to find people who will provoke them to give their best.

 

PLANS

 

People often ask, “What are you going to do after you graduate?”  Don’t feel pressured to have an answer to that question today.  The rest of your life is a long time and eternity is even longer.  If God has not yet revealed His will to you, be patient.  If your spirit is open to His will, He will make it obvious to you in His time.

 

Some young people seem to have the answer to that question and some don’t.  Proverbs chapter three tells us basically to take it one day at a time and do today what you should before God, and tomorrow will take care of itself.  You’ll end up where you should be, IN THE CENTER OF GOD’S WILL.

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.   

                                                                                                                                                Proverbs 3:5-6

 

FEAR

 

Some young people seem to be afraid that they would not enjoy doing the will of God.  God does not want to sentence you to a life of misery and discontentment.  If it is His will, you will enjoy it.  If it’s His plan for your life, He will enable you to find fulfillment in it.

 

Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

                                                                                                                                                Psalm 37:4

 

CONSEQUENCES

 

Every decision has consequences.  You are entering an era of life where you will make countless critical decisions.  Unfortunately, many young adults choose to wander away from the will of God after graduating from high school.  While they are living in the far country they make poor decisions.  Too often, those decisions produce baggage that must be carried for the rest of their lives.

 

Determine now that your walk with God will be more important to you than it has ever been in your life.  Stay in your Bible, stay in church and bathe every decision you make in prayer to a God who delights in blessing with His best, those who seek Him for guidance.  Major decisions such as career, marriage and family are of lasting consequences.  They should not be left to the whims of a carnal mind, but in the hands of a loving heavenly father.

 

BEST FRIEND

 

Remember your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  No matter where you go after graduating, be sure to take Him with you.  Acknowledge Him in all your ways.  Find fulfillment in pleasing Him first and foremost.  In your loneliest hours, seek His presence.  He really is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.  He will never leave you nor forsake you.