Class of 2020,
We are proud of you!
I know the last few months have been anything but “fun.” I know many of you probably feel robbed, because COVID-19 stole from you some of the best weeks of your high school years.
I get it, but I’m not saying I can completely relate. As I’m not a high school senior anymore. None of us have had to navigate through a pandemic. But I do want you to know the frustration and anger you feel, we all get it. Our lives have been forever changed because of this. If I were in your shoes I would be upset too—as many of you probably are.
But I am not writing this to simply tell you we understand how you feel. No, I’m writing this to tell you to keep your head up because the best is yet to come. Maybe you’ve heard those words before. Maybe you don’t believe me. Know this: Life will go on and this craziness because of the coronavirus will pass.
You have your future ahead of you.
For some, it’s the military. (Thank you for standing for our freedoms!)
For some, it’s college.
For some, it’s work.
Whatever it is: the best is yet to come!
I’m writing from a believer’s perspective. I’m a Christian. I’m the youth pastor at More 2 Life Ministries, Inc. Some of you know me (speaking of some of the graduates here in Okeechobee, FL). Regardless if you know me or not, I’m writing this letter to all the graduates of the Class of 2020.
I want to challenge you to look ahead with optimism—to know that God has a purpose for everything that has and will happen. There’s purpose in this pandemic for each of us. I really believe that. God is speaking. Many have begun to listen, some for the first time, to what God is saying to them because of COVID-19. As a pastor, I want people to know the Creator of the universe knows you, loves you, and desires to talk with you.
Maybe you were that kid that never went to church or youth group.
Or maybe you were.
Either way, maybe you sense the Holy Spirit tugging at your heart trying to get your attention. Here’s the thing: God isn’t going to grab you by the face and force you to look toward Him. He’s a gentleman. He’s patient. He’s kind. But I do believe He’s using these last few months and weeks to get us to look toward Him again (or for the frist time).
What do you think God is saying to you during this season?
Think about this: This is the end of a season of your life. You are graduating! A new chapter of your life is about to begin.
And then….this pandemic happened.
Could it be that God is wanting to get your attention before this next chapter begins?
Could it be this is one of the reasons the world is going through this? Like I said, there’s purpose in this pandemic for each of us. Maybe this is part of your purpose—to wake up, to listen, to join Him where He’s at work.
If you are a graduate reading this and you have questions about your faith, God, or how to even become a Christian (I mean a real Christian, not the typical checkbox type person who “claims” Christianity yet lives like hell—excuse the french, but hell is a very real place), please reach out to me. Email me here: Aaron@M2LMinistries.com. I would love to connect, talk or pray with and for you!
Grads, God is speaking to you. I pray you open your heart and listen. I don’t know when the end will come, but I do know Jesus is coming back. And we are closer today than yesterday to His return!
One last thing: We are proud of you. We love you. But most importantly, God loves you and desires to have a personal relationship with you. The gospel can be summed up in a single verse:
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 NLT
Here’s to the next chapter of the rest of your lives!