In a few days you will be completing one of the most important phases of your life. What you have expended in achieving a High School Diploma would be very difficult to evaluate. The pressures of kindergarten to the moment of accepting your diploma have all been a part of your preparation for life. The courses you have followed have been along many different individualized paths. Many things in common, but also many choices that have given you the distinction of an individual.

You have many choices yet ahead of you, but all of your past experience is intended to make you better able to cope with those decisions. I trust that you have learned your lessons well that you may responsibly choose your path for the future.

Somewhere along that path is Godís intention for you to be married. Since Adam and Eve, Godís plan for the procreation of mankind has been the togetherness of man and woman. Jesus said, in Matthew 19: 5-6, ďFor this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh. Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together let not man put asunder.Ē In a world of much confusion in the matter of sex and marriage, you can know that God intends for one man to live together with one woman. God puts his blessing on that type relationship, and not on any other.

Another choice that has to be made is in relationship to your work. Many hours of your life will be spent following your ambition to provide for your family and yourself. Some people have found themselves involved for a lifetime in work situations they did not enjoy. Perhaps they were pushed by circumstances of necessity and maybe much valor was developed by sticking to the task, Ď- but in my ministry, I have seen such choices result in frustration, even illness. How can you know the proper direction for your life in relationship to your work? I think it is quite important for us to answer this question - ďIf I had the opportunity to choose now what I could do for the rest of my life in making a living, what would I choose?Ē You do have the opportunity. If you choose now what you want to do and make whatever sacrifices that are necessary to launch your life into that particular endeavor, you should be happy with your work for most of the years of your life.

What about my faith. I live in a world of great communication. People are throwing ideas at me from every angle. I really wonder where they are coming from, what is their purpose in seeking my attention? If I could know that, it would help me to determine my direction. I have already been led down some different paths where I find end results are not pleasing. What are people trying to do with my life? Has this been a part of your experience already? Have you felt that people have often tried to manipulate your life for their own selfish purposes? God has created you as a creature of free will. God has intended that you have the final choice about what will happen with your life. I donít plan to tell you what to do for in so doing I would be guilty of the same thing.

I can tell you that I have found great strength for my personal life in reading the Bible. I can tell you that Jesus Christ is a real person in my life, and that my willingness to relate to Him has been more meaningful than anything else I have ever done. I know that God cares about you. You are a creature from the process of his creation. I believe that God wants relationship with you, but I also know that it takes two for relationship.

You will be graduating soon. Your pathway in life is only partially determined. I pray that you will be open to receive Godís blessing and Godís guidance, for I fully believe that God wants you to be healthy, happy and victorious in all of life. God bless you! Congratulations on your graduation.

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