It happens every year at this time.
Another class of college graduates emerges from what seems like a lifetime of studies, ready and eager to take on the world.
Many of us have been there and can think back to what it was like when we took those first nervous steps out of the world of academia, and out into the “real world”.
In my case more than 30 years have past since I emerged from university life in Canada. And now, with a bit of seasoning under my belt I look at this year’s college graduates and I feel compelled to pass along four messages I think every graduate needs to hear:
If you’ve been given the spiritual gift of leadership, then for God’s sake lead
This well-known leadership axiom has never needed more urgent application than today. What the world needs more than anything is fired up young people ready to take their leadership gifts out into the world to make a difference.
Learn the difference between a job, a career, and a call
Most grads will look for a great job. Some will aspire to a fulfilling career. But be among the select few who discern God’s call on their life, and pursue it with everything you have. Remember, God’s call is not limited to missionaries and pastors.
Buck the trend- Engage in your local church more rigorously than ever
You are a part of a missing generation in most local churches. There is an unfortunate exodus from the local church for far too many sharp young adults. Resolve now to be a champion of your church, and if you move to a new city, make connecting to a local church your first priority.
Devote yourself to fulfilling Jesus’ prayer; “Your Kingdom come…”
Where ever you go, view the world with a “Kingdom lens”. Whatever you see that is inconsistent with God’s desire for the world, take the lead and make it right.
When I look at many of today’s graduates in my circles, it fills me with optimism. Our world can be left in very strong hands with some of these Kingdom-minded leaders who are about to take their next step.
So, let me urge you to cheer these young people on, and challenge them to be all God has called them to be.
If they accept these challenges, the future can look very bright indeed.
What would you say to these graduates?