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We have many milestones in our lifetime, don’t we? Special birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, starting a new job, having our first child or grandchild… All of them significant for their own reasons. They cause us to pause and reflect not only on their significance in the now, but also what they mean for us moving forward. Another one is about to happen in high schools all over the country, including Forest City - graduation.

Many of you celebrating this milestone with the child in your midst. Whether this is your first child graduating, your only child graduating, your last child graduating, or anything in between, this is a big deal. For many of those students it will mean leaving home for the first time to pursue something new, whether that is for college, or career training to begin a new job or trade.

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Regardless, while this time is one for significant celebration, it can also elicit a certain amount of fear as well. Did we raise our child to make good decisions? Will they do well in a harder scholastic environment? Will they have the skills necessary to succeed in their new career? Will they still need us? Let’s face it, even though you might on some level be excited to see them go, there is a BIG part of us that is sad to see them all grown up! What do we do with those doubts and fears?

Quite simply, the same thing we have done their entire life… We give those fears, and ultimately our kids back to God. That is the best thing we can do! Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or dear friend, we have to entrust them back to the one who made them and knows them better than we ever could. God loves them deeply and wants what is best for them. Jeremiah 29:11 is a verse you might see a lot written in graduation cards and on guest books at grad receptions. In short it reminds us that God has plans for them. Those plans are for good and not for harm. They are meant to give our students a positive future and hope for what is to come. God’s got them. Are they going to struggle out there in the big bad adulting world? Yes. Are they going to call home when they need money, advice, laundry or other things? Probably more often than you are accustomed to now. But in the end, if they remember that they have a God that is always in their corner, then they have the best gift we could ever give them. And that gift is also for you to! Don’t ever forget that. God’s not done with you yet either… even if graduation was a long time ago.

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