To the Class of 2017

I don’t remember who gave it to me, and I don’t know when it was given. However, I do know that it was given to me as part of a high school graduation present.

In my sophomore year in college, as I was battling difficulties and Jesus began winning my life over, I reached for my Bible which had been primarily ceremonial to this point. Not knowing where to begin, I thumbed through the unfamiliar book when I came across the graduation present. It wasn’t much, just a small card with cheesy picture and Bible verses.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5–6

For whatever reason, this gift that I overlooked upon receiving was exactly what I needed to hear and live. I began memorizing the verses, bringing them to mind when I woke up, when I had important decisions to make, and (yes) before big tests. The verses gave me focus that I didn’t have without them. They gave me words to reflect what I wanted my life to be.

You are embarking on a huge adventure called adulthood. Your life will look very different in just a couple of months. Know that God goes before you. He is already putting into place the very things you will need for your journey. People will show up at just the right time. Friends will gather when you feel friendless. A forgotten gift may come to mean the world to you.

I am happy for your success and excited to see how God continues to shape and mold you to serve him and his creation.