I’ve Graduated. Now What?

This post-graduation season has left me like, “umm, now what?” If graduation has left you like it has left me, you’ve come to the right blog post!

When you’re in school the goal is to be done with school. But when you are done with school what is the goal again? Exactly. You have a defined purpose when you’re in school, but when you graduate, Hmm that’s another story. Very rarely do we think about our purpose as human beings after the diploma. Once the goal of graduating is accomplished what is our life for?
“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out” (Proverbs 20:5).
Graduating and having your diploma is an amazing accomplishment, and will certainly open doors to opportunities you wouldn’t otherwise have. But, it also requires a complete 180 degree shift in your mindset. Let me explain.
At first, graduating is pretty amazing. You have caps and gowns, pictures, and graduation parties, diplomas, and sad goodbyes, but then life starts to get a little quieter, and you begin working a 9 to 5 job and everything just feels…boring. There’s no friends in the apartment or dorm next door, no fun activity happening this weekend…its just normal work. I want to encourage you that your life has a purpose beyond just “working to work” and this is a good time to start thinking about that purpose.
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).
You can still enjoy life now, I promise! It just looks different. Here’s a list of 5 Things I’ve been doing to enjoy this season of “grown up life” (lol):
1.) Keep setting personal, professional, and spiritual goals for yourself despite working (life can still be fun!).
2.) Plan regular times to call, and visit friends. It’s good to stay in touch with college mates because it helps you get acclimated to the new season and new place you may be in. It’s also awesome when they live in different places…(its like road trips for days).
3.) Travel while you’re young!
4.) Work as if you are working for the Lord. Whatever you’re doing, do it as unto to Lord, because when you do things with excellence it glorifies God.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23-24).
 
5.) Most importantly, ASK God what your purpose is on this earth, and how he wants you to accomplish it.
 
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). 
 
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7).
So what is your purpose? That’s the real question you have to answer for yourself. Allow your life be all that God intended for it to be. If you have God given dreams, then work towards them! Don’t just fall into the flow of work for the sake of money. Find the thing God created you for and work at it to glorify Him.
I love you, and God loves you so much more!
– Jeanette
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