A Word of Encouragement: Five Scripture Verses for Graduates
May and early June come with a lot of graduations - high school, college, or kindergarten. It is a time of transition for those phasing out of a time of enrichment and education. Though this is often an exciting and celebratory occasion, graduations can also come with a lot of other feelings. Sometimes anxiety or fear of the unknown ahead, nostalgia for what is being left behind, and surreality over a particular phase of life being over and done with.
Our Blessed Lord does not ever abandon us in our feelings, but is with us always. He speaks words of comfort and encouragement to us through His Sacred Scripture. Below are five scripture verses to share with a graduate you know, or to meditate on if you are a graduate yourself. There is much consolation and wisdom to be gained by spending time with the Lord in His Word.
Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:22-24
Although this phrase was written directly to slaves and servants in Christian households the same idea applies: no matter what work you are doing, do it as for the Lord. Whether you are going into corporate America, starting a small business, or going from school to simply being a wife and mother do the tasks to which you have been called for the glory of God and not for your own glory. Treat those in your workplace and home as Christ. It is not from them that you will receive an ultimate reward, but from Jesus Christ, and it is his approval that should be sought over all others.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. Mark 12:30
Remember the greatest task to which you are called: loving and serving the Lord. If you are placing the world above God then all will be wasted. The greatest commandment is to love God with all of our beings, so much so that our love of Him penetrates every aspect of our lives. Especially in seasons of change and transition, it is love of Him that will carry us through the tribulation and confusion of leaving something behind for something new. He will always remain constant.
But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I shall come out like gold. Job 23:10
Even if you do not know yet what lies ahead for you, the Lord knows what lies ahead. He knows the path prepared for you. The days, weeks, months, and years ahead may be challenging as you navigate a new venture. The experiences of the unknown, of forging a new path, of trying new things might truly test your strength and persistence. But if you allow, the Lord shall refine you. Learn from Job the patience of one who does not resist the Lord anything. It is difficult, but the reward is great.
“Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
The Lord is with you wherever you go - this is true. He never abandons us. He is always with us, no matter our circumstances. Although the unknown can be frightful, there is no need to be afraid. Now is the time for strength and courage, relying not on your own strength but on the Lord’s.
I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!” John 16:33
There is the chance that you will face persecution, especially as a Catholic in this world. This is not the easiest time to live out your Christian convictions. But we have not been promised comfort, ease, or peace. We have been promised persecution. But we will not be abandoned. Christ has conquered the world. Now is the time to remain strong in your faith.