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Keep God in mind when you go into the world


Graduation season is upon us.

Graduation speakers, famous and non-famous alike, use phrases in their graduation speeches like “be yourself,” “go for your dreams,” “think big,” “step out of the ordinary” and “the world is within your reach.”

All those phrases are true and valuable to a certain extent.

Yet, I would contend that there is a spiritual aspect for graduates that is just as important, maybe more important. It is vital that young people understand that the foundation, upon which they build their dreams, is the same foundation that will support them in troubled times and devastating events that will inevitably occur later on in life.

Hope and security are heavy words. It does matter where one’s hope and security are found.

The meaning of those words is what carries us through the times of our lives — whether those times are good or bad.

So I contend that without faith in God, it is hard to navigate the difficult circumstances in life that no doubt each young person will face. Jesus said: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

It is with that perspective that I offer some recommendations for graduates.

• First be a lover of God. Psalm 119:18 says, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” From the passage in Psalm, we realize that faith in God is rooted in God’s Word. The only way to love God is to focus on his Word, the Bible, and to adhere to those principles in one’s life.

Further, love God because in loving him, we can trust a more powerful, more all-knowing, and wiser person that we are. God has plans for you. Jeremiah wrote: “For I know the plans I have for you, I will bless you with a future filled with hope, a future of success, not of suffering.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

So what is an action plan for life that focuses on God? The elements of that plan are to love him, his precepts, his words, and trust him for the direction of your life.

A lover of God is one who lives by Jesus’ words: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” (Luke 6:31)

• Be a laborer for God. A laborer for God labors for knowledge of God and the desire for God is constant and consistent. A laborer for God has a kind spirit and the fruits of the spirit are evident in her life.

A laborer of God has a responsibly to magnify God in all that she does. That means to not play at being religious. Rather, a true laborer of God goes through day-to-day activities in such a way that Jesus Christ is exemplified.

Don’t just “play” at religion but be laborers in the kingdom of God. James wrote: “Be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only.” (James 1:22-25)

• Be a leader for God. A leader for God means to want others to know God in a personal way. A leader for God wants to love both friends and adversaries, and a leader for God wants to be a light in a dark world.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14)

The attitude and lifestyle of a leader for God must be different than what the world recognizes. Even more, servant leadership shows the very character of Christ.

My advice to graduates would be to go out and do great things. But do great things with the Kingdom of God in mind.

Judy Brandon writes about faith for The Eastern New Mexico News. Contact her at: [email protected]


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