An Open Letter to My Rising High School Senior Self

     Senior year is such an exciting time, there are so many lasts leading up to a big new beginning!  My senior year was far from perfect, but I’m so grateful for the friends and family that supported me through it and made it fun and memorable.  Today I’m sharing a few things I wish I would have known or remembered going into my senior year in an open letter to my rising high school senior self.  Whether you’re a senior or not, I hope this advice resonates with you and reminds you to savor every second but also stay on track to reach your goals.

Dear rising senior Faith,

     Can you believe it?  You’re finally a senior.  A year from now you’ll be ready to go off to college, and your college decision is just months away.  I know you’re nervous about all that this year will hold, but you’re so blessed to be going into it with such a strong support system (nearby and a phone or FaceTime call away).  Remember Romans 8:28; “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.”  As you trust in Him, He will protect and guide you.

     I’m so glad you’re confident in your goals for the future, including your college choice and major, but please keep an open mind to how that might change.  Keep your eyes open to see what the Lord guides you toward and be obedient to what He calls you to do.  Nobody said following Him would be comfortable or easy, but you know how much more full and rewarding life is when you’re obedient to Him.

     As it’s your final year in this place with these people, I know you’re going to be tempted to do some things you maybe shouldn’t, since this is your last chance.  Please treasure the moments you have with your family and your friends.  Continue to hang out with the underclassmen girls and be a good role model for them.  Keep Romans 12:2 in your heart; Do not be conformed to this world,[a] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  Don’t give in to what everyone else is doing, that won’t bring you true joy and the little satisfaction it may bring is fleeting.  Remember that any boy who is interested in you should be more interested in the Lord.  Look for ways that you can serve others every day.  Wake up each morning asking yourself how you can glorify the Lord in this day.  Work hard, spend time in Scripture, and keep your eyes on Him.

You were made for great, beautiful things, don’t lose sight of that.

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