Friday, June 11, 2010
I had the opportunity to honor our graduating high school seniors this past Sunday at Grace. We had 30 seniors from Grace Community moving to the next chapter of their life. This graduating class was filled with a variety of students ... some have been coming to axis since 6th grade ... some just started coming this year ... some are from the other side of the world (one from Russia and one from Norway) ... some were born an raised in the area. We had incredible athletes, incredible musicians, amazing dancers, hard workers, and two who tied for valedictorian at their school. Some were very regular in our youth ministry and others maybe came once or twice. But, one thing I do know is that when this class is "officially" gone from axis this fall, there is going to be a HUGE void in our ministry. This was one of the strongest graduating classes that I have ever been associated with in youth ministry. We had such amazing servants and such amazing leaders! Some were great upfront. Some were incredible behind the scenes. I really bonded with this group and am totally going to miss them.
We tried to do several things this year to honor our seniors. We had a special senior night where I took out any seniors who could make it out to dinner at a Japanese restaurant in the area. It was really a lot of fun, especially when the cook was throwing things at our kids! We then brought them back to the church and I had a few of our adults share some really cool things with them. We also had a night at our youth ministry where we honored them and prayed for them. Then, finally, we took time to acknowledge their hard work in front of our church on a Sunday morning.
My advice to them ... do more than what's expected of you. No matter what they do from here on out (college, military, work, whatever) if they do more than what's expected of them, God will honor that (Proverbs 13:4) and it will allow them to have a good reputation before others ... something God says is far better than wealth or a big paycheck (Proverbs 22:1).
I'm truly going to miss this group and I look forward to seeing what God will do through them and who God will raise up to take their place in our youth ministry.
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