A Word for Parents of Graduates

A Word from Bro. David,

I came across this article that is very appropriate for parents who are releasing their children to a new stage in life.  The author, Dr. Stephen Graves, gives 5 pieces of Godly advice.  1. Let go, but don’t disconnect.  You will always be their parents but your role will change from “fixer” to “advisor”; from “coach” to “cheerleader” in many ways.  Remember, you want them to become who God created them to be.  Johann Von Goethe puts it this way, “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children.  One of these is roots, the other, wings.”  2.  Inject mighty vision into their souls.  Release them catch God’s vision for their lives because His plans for them are greater than they could ever dream or imagine.  Antoine De Saint-Exupery says, “If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”  3. Trust yourself.  Trust them.  Trust God.  Though there were things you would do different if had it to do over again, remember, you did what you thought was best in raising them.  Trust your children to remember their roots in Christ and to live for Him.  Above all, trust God because He is has them in His hands.  Corrie Ten Boom said,“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”   4. It’s time to celebrate.  Celebrate God’s gift to you of a graduate who has done well.  Celebrate the 18 years of life you have lived together.  Celebrate that God has wonderful plans for their lives.  Celebrate that God has use you to raise up a “world changer”.  Barbara Hoffman, “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.”  5. Learn to enjoy the “empty nest”. God wants to grow you and use you in new ways to continue building His kingdom.  Invest in your own discipleship.  Invest in your church family.  Go on a mission trip.  Mother Teresa, Yesterday is gone.  Tomorrow has not yet come.  We have only today.  Let us begin.”