5 Things to REMEMBER to Help Successfully Navigate This Senior Year

Durand Rice, Dean of School, Landmark Christian School
To the Class of 2021, Mr. Durand Rice, Dean of School, Landmark Christian School, Peachtree City, GA, and Fairburn, GA, gives advice and challenges seniors.
The senior year of high school is one of the most memorable in a student’s life and this year, the year of a pandemic will add even more historic value to the quarry of milestones. As the Class of 21 begins their final high school journey with a lot of unknowns, whether a senior in public or private school, distance learners, or in-person learners, there are 5 Things to REMEMBER to Help Successfully Navigate This Senior Year. 
  • You are Never Alone
In life, we often feel as though we are alone at the wheel, especially when we are stuck in traffic. Surrounded by people and frustrated with them all. We feel alone, despite being packed among other people, just like us, stuck in their cars, also frustrated. There will be times in life where we feel stuck and lonely. Though we may feel lonely, the challenge is to hold onto the reminder that we are never alone. God never leaves us. The temptation to defer to auto-pilot, and fall asleep to God's will and movement in our lives, is ever-present. We stop listening and turning to Him. We stop following His will for our lives. 
  • You are Always Accepted 
Whether lost or stuck, remember that God loves you for exactly who you are, where you are, and how you got there. God already has plans to prosper us and not to harm us. God is always available and ready for his "route guidance" to begin. All that we need is a willingness to let Him take the wheel.
  • The Time is Always Right 
It is never too late to follow God. He meets us exactly where we are in life. It doesn't matter if you are a fisherman, doctor, tax-collector, athlete, lawyer, teacher, actor, you are good enough, just as you are, to follow him. You always have what it takes. God never leaves us; we stop following Him. He already has plans to prosper us and not to harm us. God is always available and ready for guidance to begin."
  • This Moment is All We Have
We are living in the middle of transition, fear, division - a pandemic, a volatile election, social unrest and reform. Your lives, right now, will most likely take center stage of history and become lessons for future generations. 

WE can't change what has happened over these past several months; we can choose how this year ends. Every day, moving forward, we can choose Love.

  • CHOOSE LOVE
Choose Love. We cannot always control what happens to us, but we can forever control how we respond. While hate divides us, Love unites. 

Take and Apply 1 Corinthians 13:48 to All Aspects of Your Life

We take our challenge from 1 Corinthian 13: 4-8 as it defines Love for us as Christians:

  • When you are applying for college, filling out applications: Choose to be patient.  

  • When having conversations with people, in relationships and there is disagreement: Choose to be Kind - to work to understand and educate one another. 

  • Love does not envy our classmates' shoes, clothes, cars, house, jewelry, or appearance. 

  • In November, whichever candidate wins the election, Remember, Love does not boast. 

  • When you find yourself struggling with anxiety, loneliness, depression, Love is not Proud – reach out for help. 

  • When you log into social media, before hitting send on that post, remember that Love does not dishonor others. 

  • Love is not self-seeking, so choose to serve other people. 

  • In sporting competitions, compete hard and model that Love is not easily angered.
 
  • Love keeps no records of wrong – so forgive that teacher, parent, friend, classmate, just as God forgives us. 
 
  • Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth
 
  • Love always protects, especially when classmates are being bullied or torn down. 

  • Love still trusts that God will never give us more than He can handle in school and life. Love always hopes, always perseveres. God is the same today as he was yesterday and will be tomorrow.
 

God is Love, and Love never fails. 

As you prepare this year, leaving high school to go out into the world, if you are ready to Love – then you are prepared to impact the world for Jesus Christ.  

Mike Bedosky, Principal of Landmark Christian School, offers the following prayer for families and for the graduating class of 2021. 

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your Love. Please continue to help guide our seniors to see the way difficult times may lie ahead. Please give them the strength to fight the good fight. Please provide them with the knowledge that is beyond their years, and the wisdom to use it. Protect and watch over them during their senior year and beyond. Help their parents, as their seniors take on the role of manhood and womanhood, and the reassurance of mind that they have raised their child in your way, to impact the kingdom. Show our students humility, and teach them how to be servant-leaders in the kingdom. Teach them how to lead those in doubt into your divine grace. Allow our teachers and staff to give our seniors guidance to be healthy and courageous so that when they leave Landmark, they will go and impact the world for Christ. Thank you, Lord.  

Amen.  
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