To our 2017 Graduates and our Church Family.
These past few weeks have been full of many versions of “pomp and circumstance” and backyard celebrations. We are so proud of our graduates. Eighth Graders becoming “Highschoolers” – Seniors transitioning to University, College, and the work force – College Grads now on to Jobs and Internships. You are growing up and that means owning new levels of responsibility. Adulthood is knocking on your door. How you answer will shape the trajectory of your life. Here are three comments I have for you.
Own your Faith – If you’ve grown up in a Christian home or at The Tab, you’ve had tremendous privilege. Having a supportive family, a church community, standards that shape you, and protection to guard you is special. The world will not be so kind. Testing awaits and it won’t be enough to ride on your parent’s faith. Many young people forsake their faith in these times of their lives. I pray you don’t.
Own your Relationships – The relationships you form at these times of life will have a deep influence on your developing character and value system. Psalms 1 encourages you with this, “Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord…” Choose your friends wisely, and stay in the Word.
Own your Decisions – Romans 12 says, “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.” Responsibility can have a way of making us indecisive. Don’t be afraid to make decisions. Make them with conviction. Make them to please God. Learn, grow, and repeat!
As you step into the next stage of life, God Himself goes before you into your next season of life! Deuteronomy 31:8 – The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Pastor Mark & Gabi Passarella
Internship & Summer Camp Director – Eagles’ Wings Ministries
Youth Pastor – The Tabernacle of Orchard Park