Congratulations Class of 2017!

Last night, my baby brother walked across the stage and accepted his diploma. As the speaker concluded the ceremony and the students tossed their caps in the air, a new season of life emerged. Whether you graduated from high school or college, this is a big accomplishment and SmileWithFaith would like to give a big CONGRATULATIONS to the graduating class of 2017!

This milestone brought many sweat and tears, hard work and sleepless nights but it was all worth it. Degrees bring opportunity and knowledge is power. Now that you have this degrees, new doors will open and it is up to you to decide which door to enter. Those who have graduated should feel proud of their work and have finally received the fruit of their labor.

In this new chapter of life, you have the power to make life decisions and set the foundation for success. The fear of the unknown can be overwhelming but knowing that God is always with you brings peace. 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 [Deuteronomy 31:8]. You are not meant to know the future, but God knows what his plans are for you.

Do not worry about what job or career you will have or what to do next with your degree. Instead, bask in this honor, stay in prayer and ask The Lord for guidance. The plans God has for your life are not meant to be secret and kept hidden from you, but if you never seek than you’ll never find. It may be difficult to figure out the next phase of life but with guidance and faith, The Lord will lead the way. You are not alone in this world and you do not need to rely on your own strength. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding [Proverbs 3:5].

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