I sit here and think to myself, “There are so many of the youth graduating from high school right now.” I graduated on June 7, 1991; it’s been 29 years since I graduated high school! Studies show that many people fall away from church after they graduate high school and go into college, but later return to church when they start families of their own. I was not raised in church and did not start going to church until my senior year in high school; however, I did fall away afterward when I went into the military. When I began to have a family of my own, I did not return to church like the statistics say. It was much later in life for me when God knocked me to my knees and basically said, “Enough is enough.” It was then that I returned to church and seriously began to seek God.
So, what advice would I give to the youth as they begin their journey in life? What is it that I could say … what wisdom could I express to those about to go out into the world for the first time? Only this:
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14, NASB).
Know this and understand: as you go out into life, there will be things that may seem like fun, new experiences, new friends, new places, and new challenges. But always be on the lookout for the enemy. He will tempt you more than ever as you enter this new part of your life. Stay on the narrow path; it is harder but worth every step in the long run. It does not mean that you will not have fun or enjoy the experiences that life offers. It actually means is that you will be able to enjoy the life and adventures that God has set out for you. I hope and pray that everyone who knows God continues to serve Him in their own way, and that they are able to maintain the path that God has for them. God Bless the class of 2020.