Ah, that significant milestone that you have been working towards for so many years is finally near. You are about to graduate from high school. In the next few days and weeks, you just need to finish up projects, write papers, study for finals and complete those last few exams. Then you’ll soon find yourself sitting next to your friends and classmates in matching caps and gowns as you prepare to receive your diploma.
The weeks following graduation are filled with fun and food. You’ll be visiting your friend’s grad parties and possibly hosting one of your own. These parties are filled with fun, laughter, pulled pork and taco bars. After this period of fun and festivities, what is next on your agenda?
What are your plans for the future?
For some of you, it will be time for finding a job that will carry you into your next phase of life. For others, you will be preparing to begin studying and training at a technical college or a trade school. For others, you will be heading off to a college or university to continue your academic careers. Wherever your journey takes you, one thing is certain, you are entering a period of transition in your life.
Transitions always include some changes that you can control and other changes that are beyond your control. You need to be prepared for these changes because sometimes they can also lead to a bit of chaos. When chaos seems to be overwhelming you, it is time to step back and return to the stable things that you have in your life. Perhaps this is your family. Your parents, siblings and extended family can provide you with the support you may need. Perhaps this is your friends.
Your friends may be struggling with the change as well and knowing that you have an empathetic friend might just be the support you need. Perhaps it is God. God provides stability to those who believe. I know first hand that your late teens and early 20’s may be a time to easily drift away from the Church. While some young adults always stay grounded in their faith and regularly attend church, others do not. New schedules, new environments and new demands on your time can easily make Church a lesser priority. I realize this as do most people. I think God realizes it, too, but that doesn’t mean that He’d ever stop welcoming you into His loving arms. He is always here to welcome you home.
Even if you find yourself drifting away from regular church attendance, my sincerest prayer for you is that you never drift away from your faith and your belief in God’s loving salvation for us. As you’ve grown up, my hope is that the Church has built a faith foundation in your heart and in your soul. Turn to God when life offers you challenges and you need His help, but also turn to God to thank Him
for the many blessings in your life.
Congratulations to all high school graduates. May God
bless you in all your future endeavors!
Blessings, Deacon Steve
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC