We Did It

“We did it! I knew we could!”

I graduated this past Saturday alongside some of my best friends. Graduation brought a wave of emotions over the last couple weeks. Some days I was excited to move on and start my job at SunTrust and other days I didn’t want to leave because I’m going to miss so many amazing people at Lipscomb.

Over the last couple of weeks, it has been really hard for me to leave Lipscomb. It has been my home for the last 4 years that has brought me friends I will keep for the rest of my life. I felt cared for, known, appreciated, and challenged. It developed my relationship with Christ more in 4 years than my entire life. Lipscomb made me the man I am today, and I am forever grateful for that. When you go somewhere that makes you a better person, it is hard to leave.

Live in such a way that it is hard to leave when it is time to move on.

Make the most of your time wherever you go. Some of you may be going to college for the first time, going to a new school, starting a new job after graduation, or moving to a new city. Your time in this new stage of life may be temporary. You may be starting an internship for just the summer or moving in with some new people for a couple months. Just because you know when something may end doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy it while it lasts.

If we go through our lives with a temporary mindset, we won’t experience relationships, growth, or meaning. When you know you will only have a job for a couple months, don’t let that stop you from making the most of that time. Get to know the people you work with. Serve others. Be someone they can rely on.

When you leave, you can leave knowing that you made the most of your time. You will build a community of people who will care about you long after you leave. When you leave, they will support you because they know the best is yet to come.

Make it hard to leave.

Don’t be upset that it’s over, be glad that it happened. We did it! I knew we could!

 

I appreciate you.

-JP

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