5 Things I Wish I’d Known {a letter to the graduates}…

Dear Graduate,

The time is here and the cards {hopefully with cash inside} are starting to arrive, especially if you’re a high school grad. Lots of good wishes and advice inside those cards, not to mention the advice you’re getting from everyone in your life about now.

These may be the best of times or the worst of times.

It probably depends on how the past few years have gone, or what tomorrow holds (or what you think it holds).

You’re either dreading leaving or anxious to get started on what’s next – probably both. I’m not so old I don’t remember these days and the mixed feelings that come with it.

If you’re a college graduate or receiving a post-grad degree – this is significant. Not more significant than graduating high school – just different significant. About now, you’re probably thinking…

  • I’ll never read another book as long as I live.
  • I need a vacation.
  • I need a job.
  • All of the above.

Again, I’m not so old I don’t remember. In fact, it hasn’t been all that long ago I graduated from university – at the age of forty-five – then turned around and started grad school. I know that’s weird to some, but if you’re an older graduate I know the pure relief and accomplishment you’re feeling about now.

Let me just get to it. Here are 5 things I wish I’d known when I graduated – every time I graduated. This includes the time I graduated from a small, country school that only went through the 8th grade (which is worth a post all its own).

5 Things I Wish I’d Known

1 – You will be learning for the rest of your life.

Embrace this now. Yes, your brain is on overload. Rest, rejuvenate and recuperate – but remember, there is still a lot of learning ahead. Every new situation you walk into, every job you accept, every unexpected experience you face – all of it will be an opportunity to learn. Never stop learning.

5 things I wish I'd known when I graduated. Every time. If you're tired of the advice, find out what I wish I'd known. Your best days ahead.2 – People will disappoint you.

People are people. Sometimes we hurt others; sometimes they hurt us. This doesn’t mean you won’t have meaningful relationships. You have, you can and you will, but even in the best relationships people will disappoint. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Always keep your eyes on Him.

3 – Your purpose is evolving.

You may have a degree-in-hand, determination in your heart, and a dream job waiting for you. But what is that thing God has for you to do? For most of us, this changes and evolves over time. What God calls you to as a young adult will look different when you’re in your forties or fifties. As you evolve, your purpose will continue to evolve.

4 – You are here NOW, for this…

It is no accident you are here at this time in history. Your life holds great promise, but never forget why you were created.

  1. You were created to bring glory to God and bear His image on earth.
  2. You were made to point others to Him.

5 – Faith in God trumps everything.

It’s a big, beautiful, fast-talking, messy, enticing world out there. No matter your age or circumstances, the world will do its best to distract you, influence you, and change you.

trump:  a decisive overriding factor or final resource¹

Whatever happens, remember your decisive, overriding factor and final resource is God. Your faith in Him should trump everything else!

As you cross this marker on the timeline of your life…fly higher…go further…be kinder…dream big…do more…keep learning…remember why you’re here…and keep your eyes on Jesus.

These are great days – good wishes, cash, advice and all – but your greatest days are ahead.

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¹Merriam-Webster

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