It’s time to celebrate our accomplishments and congratulate the graduates of 2018! As each of you reflect on the years of hard work, take this opportunity to take a breath, meditate on the memories, and look ahead to new beginnings. The world before you is an open canvas waiting to be painted. Through the dedication of teachers, parents, friends, community leaders, mentors, and self, you’ve built a character and a strong platform that will give you support in the coming years. Take all of these things, and the wisdom you’ve obtained, to become the leader you’ve envisioned.

As you move into this next chapter, remember that your actions will hold more weight. You will find pride in a newfound independence, but take heart in every decision you make. Step lightly through each door that opens, and never be afraid to stand firm on your beliefs.

There will be temptation, and you will fight daily to be a light against the dark. But know that the Lord is always walking in tandem beside you. He will help guide your steps as you navigate this new road.“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11In plain English, God’s got your back.He has already set your perfect path into motion. He knows your future and he will be there to put you back on track when you make that detour. You will find your own challenges along the way, but don’t lose heart.

Should you ever feel that the obstacles are too high, or the road is too rough, lean back on your Father, and remember there is a family of believers who will always be one phone call, one prayer away. Never feel alone in the circus of adulthood. There are others who have gone before you, and who will be willing to love you through the hard times.Be blessed in this time of your life! There is a powerful energy waiting to ignite inside of you! The sky is the limit and your dreams are waiting to come alive. Create the reality you’ve longed for and align your future with God’s plan for your life.

There is nothing greater than falling into a rhythm of your Father’s plan, and fulfilling his desire for your life.We stand behind you and beside you. Know that you are loved and will be supported in every capacity. Let God be your guide as you conquer your goals. You have the opportunity and the courage to change these times. Be proud of the person you’ve become, and be proud of the life you will create!Congratulations! You’ve made it!

Be blessed, and know that the favor of God is always with you.