Well, it’s that time of year and a lot of us remember this time once upon a time ago when we finally (some of us happier for it) said good bye to High School, looking forward to what life had in store for us.
For our friend and young brother CarFan, and so many others now, graduation is a milestone that marks the beginning of a new life full of new choices, friendships, learning and memories in the making.
Suffer sent an amazing graduation speech the other night, and we thought it’d be a cool thing to post it for any and all graduates out there who will look back on this time, remembering words of encouragement and sage advice.
But now, CarFan, this is for you.
We are so proud of you- you’re smart, willing to listen, slow to jump all over people you might not agree with or who don’t agree with you. You’re thoughtful, and just a joy to have here whenever you are.
We all wanted to make this something special for you and want to leave you with these bits of advice for you as you find the path that the Lord has for you.
When you know you’re right stand your ground, don’t cave.
From Daisy- Talk to your family about the bigger problems you encounter in your life, share all the good stuff with them too.
Check out Dave Ramsey or other Christian resources for financial advice, when you start managing your money well even with the little you start out with, it will be easier to manage and save when you have more.
Continue to be the courageous, kind self you’ve shown yourself to be here. Love and forgive much.
Stay cool ❤ (we used to write that in our friends yearbooks)
Romans 12-2 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
From Heather– CarFan, Congratulations and I wish you the very best. Let God guide you at all times, then you will enjoy your college experience more.. Meet new people, make new friends. Don’t sweat over the little things. Remember this verse;
Matthew 6:33-34 (NIV) 33)But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34) Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
May God bless you each and every day.
From CDS BritishColumbia– Stay in touch with friends and friendly acquaintances as much as possible and for as long as possible.
From Duckie– George Washington once said, “I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”
The old saying, Honesty is the best policy is still a truth for our time, even when there’s so little of it in our world now. Always keep your word, be honest, remember where you came from, and always treat people the way you want to be treated, even if they don’t reply in kind. A good reputation is worth more than gold, and people, even those who don’t like you will respect you for your character.
As you get ready for college CarFan, remember there is just as much to be learned outside of an institution as there is inside one. Never stop seeking knowledge, and if you ever want something from the Lord, ask Him for wisdom.
Proverbs 4:6-8 says, Forsake her (Wisdom) not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
And Proverbs 9:10 & 11, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
Education is a good thing to attain, but wisdom and fear of the Lord will carry you through every job, relationship, life circumstance and trial. You’re a good guy sweet young brother. I’m proud to call you friend. Life is too short for regrets, so the less of those you have, the better. Enjoy this next part- but be yourself, because God created you just right.
A guy by the name of John Christian once said, “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” When you make mistakes, learn from them, but don’t take beat yourself over them. ((((((((((())))))))))s!
From AKPapa– Interesting 🧐, I was thinking about CarFan yesterday. Caught his Prom pictures last week. Very sharp looking young man! Aahh, ..to be so young and have so much life yet to live.
I would tell CarFan to ‘Go with God’, everywhere and everyday. I was late to answer Jesus, at 36 years. I can see now the He was there the whole time, I was just too confident and at the same time, afraid of losing control of my life. 😕 The worry and stress took its toll. I would not have felt so alone if the Holy Spirit was guiding my way.
Pray on your knees and always ‘Go with God’. You’ll have less worrying for sure. May goodness and mercy follow your heart and soul.
Also, I too failed calculus, in my freshman year of college. Bad advice from my high school counselor. I wasn’t ready. Took it again my senior year and aced it. Take your time and enjoy each season.
akpapa (And he sends this song)
From Lawngren– Physically: Keep yourself in sufficiently good physical condition that your resting heart rate stays low. Easiest way: regular low-impact, high-repetition exercise like bicycling. Spiritually: Keep in daily contact with God through prayer and Bible reading. Read the Bible through completely, word for word, in at least one translation, preferably at least several times. Live out what you read.
Plan ways to enjoy yourself that are not “un-holy”. Life shouldn’t be all work and duty.
This is outstandingly good advice, with a very comforting promise: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)
Ftom TexasBullFrog– I can’t believe that you are already graduating High School. I remember when you first showed up on the scene at TRS. You quickly gained popularity and fit right in. I’m glad you did and also found your way over to the HB. I consider you a friend like everyone else here. You are an intelligent and caring young man with your whole life ahead of you. If there is any advice I could give you, it would be to stay true to yourself. You will encounter people throughout the course of your life that will try to change you and make you fit their idea of how you should be while steering you in a direction that you don’t want to be going. Don’t let that happen. You are in control of your life. You do what you feel is best, but at the same time, consider the advice of your closest friends. If someone truly cares for you, they will try to help you any way they can. These people are invaluable, keep them close. Trust in the Lord, love, give, and enjoy the time you have. I wish you they very best. God bless you, CarFan.
From SufferforTribe– For CarFan……. I’ve been asked to give some sage advice for your future. Hmmm…..this is where I’d usually insert something humorous, but I’m gonna go with normal for a change. And with my own son having recently graduated, I will lean on the things I told him.
The next stage of your life is upon you. Manhood, where the responsibilities increase (and also the criminal penalties). Sorry, couldn’t help it. 😉
You will most likely have many different jobs in life, and just remember that when someone hires you they’re taking a chance on you, and you owe it to them to give your best…always. Work hard, encourage others, and avoid the battles that are not necessary to fight. Take life one day at a time, because it’s easier that way.
I want to include a couple quotes which say it all:
1) To the unwilling, everything is difficult.
2) The expert in anything was once a beginner.
Good luck with your future, young man, and may God in Heaven show His favor upon you always.
From Wahoo– Evaluate the relationships you have in your life and keep in mind which are worth prioritizing. Be honest with yourself as far as how much you can do and what you really want to do. But most importantly, never lose sight of the one purpose in your life in the midst of personal aspirations. Enjoy the great moments, because they are plentiful during this time, but always remember the God who is watching you and preserving you whether you feel like you need it or not.