What's Next, Graduates?

You have graduated college! Maybe you just graduated college within the past weeks, or perhaps it has been a year, two or five. Life after college can be an adventure. New college graduates have the opportunity to enter into the professional world with zeal and often experience great refreshment. After studying most days, for at least four consecutive years, it is easy to see how the freshness of the working world could ignite the fire of adventure within someone.

Most often, you have moved away from those college friendships. These friends have undoubtedly shaped much of who you are as a young adult. But, this new phase of life also means building new friendships, while desperately clinging to those college friendships despite the daunting number of miles away they now live.

I write from experience. When I graduated college I stayed at our beloved university and began my professional career; however, my friends moved away. They went back home to Houston, took a job in Hawaii, or went to serve on the mission field in Mexico and then Ecuador. Some of my friends got married shortly after college. Well, let’s face it. It seemed like ALL my friends got married after college.

So, where did that leave me? It set me up to develop new friendships and learn more about myself. I began new hobbies that bring relaxation to my life. It allowed me to embrace the adventure of traveling the U.S. and overseas. It gave me time and opportunities to serve in my church and my community.

So what’s the point of all this?

Don’t hold back. You graduated, got a job (or will soon), and now have the opportunity to enjoy your life to the fullest. If you are single you could easily wallow in the fact that many friends just moved away or got married. But, you could also choose to dig deep into learning more about who our great God created you to be. Use those passions to enhance our community and our world.

Maybe you are the one who got married right after college. That doesn’t squelch this new adventure. It gives you a partner, a road trip buddy, a personal photographer during your travels, and someone to share these memories with for a lifetime to come.

I challenge you to find the joy in each new trial you will face. Identify where you can use your gifts, talents, and all you learned both in and out of the classroom to serve your community.

In Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians, he clarified for them the gifts bestowed on us by God. In chapter 12 verses 4 through 6 he wrote, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.” He goes on to talk about different gifts, given to different people, so that together they may serve the body of believers as Christ intended.

I encourage you to learn, refine and use your gifts. Allow this new phase of life to shape who you are in Christ, and through Him, you will find joy.

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