DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I’m about to graduate from high school, and I’m tired of my parents and everybody bugging me about what I’m going to do next. I’m not interested in college or anything like that, but they keep pushing me to make up my mind. How can I get them off my back? — J.L.
DEAR J.L.: I can understand your feelings, but I also hope you’ll try to see things from your parents’ perspective and be more patient with them. After all, they love you; if they didn’t, they wouldn’t care what happens to you.
The most important thing I can urge you to do is to seek God’s will for your future. God made you, and he knows all about you. He knows your strengths and weaknesses; he also knows your feelings and desires. Most of all, he loves you, and he knows exactly what’s best for you, both in the coming months and for the rest of your life. Why not seek his will? The Bible says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11).
How can you discover God’s will? The first step is to turn to Jesus Christ and invite him to come into your life as your savior. When you do, you’ll become a member of his family forever, and you can look to him each day for the help you need.
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Then, prayerfully ask God to guide you. Consider all your alternatives; don’t just focus on what others might want you to do. Seek wisdom from people you trust. Finally, trust God to open the door he has for you and to give you peace as you make your decision.
Write “My Answer,” Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; or visit www.billygraham.org.
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