We said ‘farewell’ to our Year 12 students this morning.
At our Year 12 Farewell Assembly, I noted the range of feelings and emotions in our graduates. Some were excited at the prospect of finally finishing school; some were apprehensive at the prospect of examinations over the next few weeks; others were concerned about whether they will be accepted into their Uni course; and some were hesitant at the prospect of not arriving at School each day and enjoying the familiarity and security that comes with belonging to the King’s Community.
In my final message to them (...and following all great messages), I shared three important points/reminders:
1. Psalm 139 v14 tells us that each of us is fearfully and wonderfully made.
God’s very character has gone into your creation, and He doesn’t make mistakes! Therefore, when you feel worthless or if you begin to dislike yourself, remember that God’s Spirit is ready and willing to work within you. We should have as much respect for ourselves as our Maker does...because He doesn’t make mistakes!
2. Romans 8 says - ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose’.
God loves you and continues to shape you for His purpose...and you were created to fulfil His purpose. It is important that we take a moment to reflect on our blessings, the good things and the not so good things through which we have journeyed during the year. How is God shaping you and for what is God shaping you? You should have great expectation and excitement about how God is shaping you for His purpose.
3. In Colossians 3:23 we are told - ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters’.
Whether you go from here into the workforce, to Uni, to TAFE or begin volunteering...
Never go to work to work.
Go to work to create excellence.
Please join me in praying for all our students, but particularly for our Year 12 students in the coming weeks as they conclude their formal schooling and begin a time of transition.