ADVICE TO SOON-TO-BE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

4 years seems like a long time but in the high school world, it flashes by within an instant. If we were to know this as Freshmen, I bet we’d jump for joy in the moment. However, sooner or later we’d eventually realize that we don’t want time to speed up. In fact, we want it to do just the opposite. Everyone experiences different thoughts and emotions during this time but I’ve come to notice that there is two different types of graduates. I refer to them as the Readys and the Un-steadys. Let me be sure to clarify that neither one of these are in anyway “bad”. They are 100% okay in their own ways! Here’s an explanation of each type:

The Readys:

If you are a “Ready”, you know exactly what you want. You have goals to reach, dreams to pursue and have your plans set in motion. There is no doubt in your head of what you plan to do and you’re looking forward to beginning this next chapter in your life.

The Un-steadys:

If you are a “Un-steady”, you have no idea of what you want to do with your life. You’re afraid to go to college because you are unsure of a career path but feel as if you should go anyways just because everyone else is. Graduation is more of a fear than excitement at this point.

Because there is these two types, I wanted to be sure I talked to each group rather than just singling out one. Even though both of these types are equally important, I feel as if most people only ever give advice to the Readys. But that ends here! Get ready for both!

I’m first going to start with talking to the Readys.

ADVICE TO THE READYS

First of all, congratulations! You have put in a lot of hard work in order to get to this point which is something to be proud of. As this chapter is coming to a close, a new one is going to begin shortly. While it may be exciting at first, be prepared to face some extreme difficulties. If you’re attending college, remember it isn’t going to be an easy ride but it WILL be worth it. You have to put your full heart into it and dedicate many hours to learning and studying. A cousin of mine who has went through almost 5 years of college (and still going) told me that there’s many times you’ll probably want to give up, but keep pushing through! In the end, you will be glad you did! Whatever that dream is that you’re chasing, work as hard as you can towards it and it will come true. If you ever get to the point where you feel like you’re losing hope, use these tips to stay motivated. #1: Pray HARD. The power of prayer is huge, guys. Keep trusting in the Lord and He will deliver! I promise. #2: Keep your loved ones close and ask them for encouragement. This is what family/friends are for! If you need someone to talk to or even cry to, they are there to listen and be your source of comfort. #3: Be sure to set aside some YOU time. Even though things may get hectic, you can always find a few minutes to ease your mind. Go for a walk, watch a movie, read a book.. do anything you’d like! Just take a break. Rest is sooo essential! You’d be amazed at what even a 5 minute break can do. For those of you who aren’t going to college because what you want to do doesn’t require it or for some other reason, my advice is to just work hard! In Colossians 3:23-24 it says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Be sure you are working for HIM and putting everything you got into it! He will protect, guide and bless you along the way. 

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ADVICE TO THE UN-STEADYS:

Congratulations to you wonderful people as well! Like I said above, ya’ll have worked extremely hard for this and it’s something to be proud of. But if you’re an Un-Steady, I’m sure your heart is pounding, your mind is spinning and you’re wondering where to go from here. How must I know this? Because I was (and still kind of am) an Un-Steady myself. Whenever I graduated, I had absolutely NO clue of what I wanted to do. Every time someone asked me what my plans were and I responded with “I’m not sure yet.”, I got some very judgmental and rude responses. The pressure was already real and that certainly didn’t help. I remember trying to force a career on myself just so that I would feel more accepted. After long talks with my parents (who are amazing and SO supportive) I decided not to rush into college. I took a whole year off, prayed about it all, researched careers and yet STILL had no clue of what I wanted to do by the time that year was up. But I decided to cave into the pressures anyway and went to college to get some basics out of the way. Surely it’d come to me.. right?? The answer is no, it didn’t. After one semester, I knew it just wasn’t for me. Not for life, just for now. Right around this time, God opened up this blog in my life and I feel as if this is where He wants me at the moment. Things could obviously change in the future but I feel that there’s a specific purpose He wants my heart fully invested into it right now. My advice to you is that no matter how bad those pressures get to you, don’t let them persuade you like I let them. If you’re not ready, that’s okay! Take some time. Pray hard and God will eventually show you what you’re meant to do. I still don’t even know for sure but what I do know is that He has plans. Therefore I am putting my trust in Him. Don’t get me wrong, this can be a very scary time. The longer the time that passes by, the closer your peers are to receiving a degree/starting their careers and here you are still at ground zero. But I challenge you to let go of all that fear within your mind. Remember that God made us all different for a reason. God gave us different strengths and weaknesses for a reason. God hasn’t let you know yet FOR A REASON. Even though it can be hard to understand, His timing is always perfect. There may be things He wants you to get done first before revealing your path. There’s truly endless possibilities of why you don’t know yet but never give up and never stop praying! HE. HAS. PLANS. If you don’t believe me, you might want to check out the verse Jeremiah 29:11. 🙂 

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To both the Readys and the Unsteadys, I wish you all the best of luck. Whether you know your plans or not, you each will accomplish incredible things within your life. You are the newest generation stepping out into the adult world so be sure to make it count. Be the change you want to see and always keep God first. He’s the only one who can make your paths straight. Never forget that! Now this may sound a little crazy doing this over a blog post but I’d like to pray for you..

Dear Heavenly Father,

I come to you today asking for you to place your hand over these soon-to-be graduates. I pray first for the Readys. I know they have their plans set in motion but I pray they stay motivated. Even when times get tough, may they turn to you and release all of their pressure. Fill them up with hope, happiness and hard-working abilities to get things done. May they give this next chapter of their lives a dedicated heart and a determined mind. Lord I also pray for the Unsteadys. I know exactly what they are going through and understand that this can be an extremely frustrating time. May you guide them onto the path that you have set before them and reveal it within your own timing. May they not feel anxious, worried or low about their current situation but instead feel your peace. Please bring understanding upon them and put patience in their hearts as they wait for you to show them. Thank you Lord for this new generation and I pray that they always keep their eyes fixed on you. May they bring glory to Your Name and witness you in all that they do. We love you, Lord.

In Jesus’s Name we pray, Amen

I love you, guys!!! Happy graduation!!

XOXO,

Jaz

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