Graduation and Transition
As we approach graduation and the summer months, transitions will occur for many (students, staff and faculty :) ). This can be intimidating. Of course, there are numerous articles that address “how” to handle the transition, but here are two methods especially important for all of us, no matter our stage of life.
The first method: Accept that you have a lot left to learn – and look forward to it! When I was a 22-year old graduate, I thought I knew a lot. Then I got a job, went to graduate school and engaged in “real” life. Each year since graduating, I’ve realized there is so much more to learn and so much more I want to simply think about. I recently reached a point where I realized I may not get to read every book that interests me in my lifetime and have started shelving some instead of finishing them because they aren’t worth the time (to me :) ) when there are so many others I want to read.
I’m excited to keep learning, and growing! Hopefully you are too. Whether you just graduated from college, just started a job or have been working in a profession for thirty years… you can still learn! Keep it up!
The second method: Stop, breath and pray! What are you going to do next? Do you really know? God is always working in your life even when you don’t necessarily think about it. The book of Esther is a great example of God’s “behind the scenes” action. You aren’t necessarily going to have a miraculous “unlimited fish and loaves” moment or parting of the Red Sea. You will be able to see God’s hand through dozens, hundreds or a thousand little events that got you where you are. Trust him and take time to be still and pray for guidance and acceptance.
Graduation is an exciting time of transition! Continue to walk in faith and know that God is in control!