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Class of 2007
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With graduation just around the corner, I blew the dust off my high school annual and looked at pictures of former classmates. We all looked so happy back then, but a lot has happened since our sunny graduation day in June. I saw pictures of classmates who are unhappy in their careers, and others who are divorced. One friend married a man who was physically abusive. Another slept with his girlfriend for several months before dumping her. Some of the faces looking back at me no longer consider themselves Christians. And there are other sad stories….

Three Wishes

My classmates can’t turn back the clock and begin again at graduation. But your future begins now. I hope for something better for the class of 2007, so I have three wishes for you: 

1. My first wish is that you choose a career that fits God’s plan for your life. Don’t just go for the money or the ease. Go for what you were born to be. From the time I was ten I felt that I was suppose to be a pastor. Being female, that didn’t come easy. After college I waited seven years before being hired in a full-time position. So don’t loose sight of your career dreams. Prepare and persevere. 

2. My second wish is that you find the right spouse by letting God be your matchmaker. Don’t be in a rush to marry, or marry for the wrong reasons. You’re looking at a life-long commitment. I went on many dates throughout college, but no date was more simple, or special, than when a guy picked me up in an old Datsun mini station wagon and took me to a fast-food Mexican restaurant. That date was so special that I never dated anyone else—and it’s been twenty-five years. 

3. My third wish is that you’ll stay close to God--always. I decided to make Him the biggest part of my future, and I’ve never regretted it. Through the ups and downs in life, my decision to stick with Him has made all the difference. The church isn’t perfect. People in the church aren’t perfect—but God is. Keeping Him first in your life can only make it better.

Seize the Day

I once spoke to a graduating class whose motto was, “Seize the Day.” Speaking about these three wishes, I told them: 

“Seize your career. Whatever you feel is your calling, don’t let go of your dream—even if no one but you and God believe in it. 

“Seize your future companion! When God leads you to him or her, never let them go. Make your first marriage your last. 

“Seize God. Because nothing on this earth is worth giving up heaven for.” 

Of all the advice you’ll receive as a graduate, I think King Solomon gives the best: “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track” (Proverbs 3:5).

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