Pomp & Circumstance

Thursday, May 12, 2011, was my last official day of High School. While I’ve anticipated this day for at least the last nine months (one could argue the last 13 years,) its arrival feels a bit bittersweet. I am so excited for the new adventure I will be starting next fall, but I am also torn to be leaving so many people and experiences behind.

The four years of High School flew by. It amazes me to look back and think of how the world has changed. When I was a freshman, the biggest fad was to have a “flip phone” without an antenna. These phones were brand new when I started high school on August 18, 2007. My sophomore year, Facebook exploded. While it had been around before then, it was in 2008 that it became the primary social networking site. It was also in 2008 that I sat in my English class to watch Barack Obama become the first African-American President of the United States. Junior year was marked most notably by the swine flu epidemic or perhaps the BP oil spill, although most high school students remember it as the year Streets of Southglenn opened.

And then I had this year... my “Senior Year.” The year so heavily anticipated by millions of students. The year idolized by Hollywood and Disney. The year so many recall with fond adoration and a twinkle in their eye. My senior year was a wild ride. I got to do more, see more, live more. I don’t regret a minute of this year.

And as I’m sitting here writing what may be one of my last devotions, I have many thoughts racing through my head. I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and I’m sad to leave so many people behind. I’m excited about what the future holds but I’m nervous about how my life is going to change.

But there is one verse that keeps coming to me this week as I prepare for graduation. It has always been one of my favorites, but over the past few days, it seems to have taken on new meaning. It’s 1 Corinthians 13:13 and reads, “But for right now we have three things to lead us: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.”

So many situations in life turn out to be a crossroads. Sometimes they are obvious, like a graduation. Other times, it is a moment’s decision that can change the course of everything. When we stand at these crossroads, with all the pomp and circumstance, I can think of no greater advice than to live with faith, hope, and love.

I suppose that is the greatest lesson I have learned in High School. We know that God has a wonderful plan of what he wants to do for us and through us. Sometimes, that plan doesn’t look how we think it should, but if we give control over to God, His plan always surpasses anything we could have imagined.

Having faith like that isn’t easy, but Christ gives us the hope that everything is going to work out. We have hope that every experience of death will lead to a resurrection; that every time we feel like we’ve lost out or fallen down, he will be right there to scoop us up again. To use a favorite expression that we’ve enjoyed in 707, God will never miss a chance to make you “you-ier.”

This doesn’t mean we won’t have to face tough decisions again in the future. God never promises easy. But when we are faced with a tough decision he tells us the right answer, that if we are to error, we should always error on the side of love.

When we do these things and live with faith, hope, and love, everyday can have that “senior year” feeling to it. You can be filled with abundant life, where you can do more, see more, live more.

You won’t regret a minute of it.

Zach Herzog

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