8 Ways to be a Successful High School Grad!
By: Pastor Bill Nesbitt
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 08:07 PM
8 Ways to be a successful High School Grad!
It is May 2018, and once again there will be graduation parties accompanied by the expectations of a bright future. But too often those expectations fall short because of bad decisions made without prayer and wise counsel. Here are 8 things to think about as you graduate from high school:
- Love God. Well, of course, but I don’t mean that you just say you love Him, you really love Him with all your heart, mind and soul (Mt. 22:37). Christ said, if you love Me you will obey My commandments (Jn14:21).
- Do not compromise your faith (Ps. 119:1-4). Whether you are in college or a part of the work force, temptation is calling you to throw away your faith or at least minimize it. Stay close to the Lord and ask a friend to keep you accountable (Eccl. 4:12).
- Continue to seek your parent’s counsel (Prov. 2). They didn’t reach the ripe old age of 50 without learning something. Draw on that wisdom and humble yourself so you can heed the advice of those who have gone before you. I was just like every other 17 year old, thinking that I knew better than my parents. There were things their generation was clueless about but I could have benefited from the many life lessons that shaped their lives.
- Choose your friends carefully (Prov. 1:8-15). How many people sit in prison because they didn’t heed this warning? I robbed a house when I was 17. It wasn’t my idea but I did it. I was stupid enough to say, “ok” when one of my idiot friends suggested the caper. What would have happened to us if we had been caught? On another evening these “rocket scientists” decided we should go to the high school and break the windows at the high school by throwing our empty wine bottles at them. We did, but missed and went home. Soon after that, I didn’t hang out with that group thank the Lord but shortly after that ill thought out night, the police came and took those same guys out of the school in handcuffs. Why? They went back to the school and successfully knocked out many of the large windows in the front of the school. If I had been with them, I too would have been taken to jail. Be discerning in your friendships (2 Cor. 6:14).
- Read your Bible and pray regularly (Josh. 1:8; Col. 4:2). The Word of God brings conviction. When you leave your home church and the sanctifying influence of your family, you must continue to let God speak to you. The spiritual disciplines are the first thing to go when you start to drift from God. Prayer shows your dependence on God. When you leave your church and home you need God more than ever.
- Get adequate sleep (Lk. 8:23). How can you do well in school when you go to bed at 5 AM? If you sleep through class, how can you make good grades? How can you make good decisions when you are not thinking straight? Don’t abuse your new found freedom. Remember, nothing good happens after midnight!!!
- Find a church. One that teaches the Bible as God’s Word and you can find edifying fellowship (Heb. 10:23-25).
- Look for places to serve. You need something to balance the teenage preoccupation with self (Phil. 2:3-4).
I will be praying for you as you prayerfully consider these things.
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