5 Things A Graduate Needs After Graduation

It’s Graduation!!

For those that have graduated from high school, college or beyond know that it’s an exciting time but it can also be a time of uncertainty.  While one chapter closes you may or may not know what the next chapter will bring. Here’s a few things that I believe that people that graduate need. There’s so much more that could be added to this list but I narrowed it down to 5!

As mentioned, this is an exciting time but can also be a little scary as well. For someone that graduates there’s several things that they will need. Encouragement is one of them. Hand written cards and letters for some generations are a thing of the past. Not for me. It’s a personal touch that takes time but can bro g such encouragement to those who receive it. There’s also encouragement for those that write them as well. Phone calls and in person visits are good as well. Verses of Scripture are some of the best ways to encourage. If someone isn’t a believer it’s a way for you to share your faith to someone that you care about. We all need encouragement. This is a time in someone’s life that encouragement is vital.

The power or prayer is an awesome thing. Praying for someone is a huge thing. Going to God on someone’s behalf is so powerful. Prayer support for someone either entering college/workforce or for someone entering the workforce is such a needed thing. You could also combine this with a hand written card with a written out prayer for the person. Every-time someone tells me that they are praying for me….it blesses my soul to say the least.

Sometimes young people know it all right?  The truth is that some young people need positive guidance with things in life in general. Some have a plan and a desire to accomplish it and some don’t. At the end of the day it will be the persons choice but someone coming alongside of them with wisdom and guidance is priceless. As you get older those that fill this roll in life may not be around forever. Taking time to help a graduate with guidance through the day in and day out is something they will never forget.

Words of Life Spoken Into Them
The culture speaks the total opposite words into people. Lies and misleading information is saturated in our society. This is an impressionable time in these young lives. Taking time to not only encourage, pray, guide but to be intentional in what you say to them is important. I base this on a biblical world view. Some people don’t have a biblical world view and today’s culture spews what’s right is wrong and what’s wrong is right. Mercy. Words of life can be a game changer for people. There’s so much negativity today. When you speak, speak life.  

This list is rounded off by an aspect that helps you celebrate this accomplishment with the graduate. Just like encouragement, everyone likes gifts. This is just a way to help them out with a gift card to their favorite restaurant or Amazon seems to be a well known site these days. Besides, giving someone a gift is fun!!  

As mentioned in the opening paragraph, there could be so much more added to this list. Jesus is what everyone needs. He is the Way, Truth and Life. He is the reason that brings purpose to life. Outside of Him the listed options are just ways to spur someone along and celebrate with them as they close this chapter of their life.

”But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.“
Hebrews 3:13

”pray without ceasing;“
1 Thessalonians 5:17

”Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.“
Proverbs 3:5-6

”Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.“
Philippians 4:8-9

”Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.“
John 14:6

In Him,
-Ryan Young
Collegiate Minister
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