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Dear RTCS Graduate

June 26, 2018
By An RTCS alumnus

Dear RTCS graduate,

Congratulations on finally graduating! This is no simple task and I want you to take a moment to appreciate the hard work and effort you put in to earn your diploma.

The LORD has brought you through many things from when you first walked into first grade to when you moved over the tassel on your graduation cap. You have gone though many struggles, not just academically but also mentally, physically, and spiritually, and each of those experiences has caused you to grow and mature into who you are today. Now you are prepared to take on the next phase of your life, whatever God has ordained you do after high school.

Some advice as you move on from high school: First, trust in the LORD. He can and will do more than you could even consider. I know you hear that a lot (especially graduating from RTCS), but I encourage you to contemplate what that actually means and what it looks like practically. Second, establish a consistent time to pray, setting an alarm if it helps. If you “just do it when you wake up” or something similar, that’s when you’ll find the devil to be a master of distraction. Keep yourself consistent and accountable, be convicted of your failings without condemning yourself (that doesn’t help anyone). Sanctification is a trimming, not an eradication. Third, do not hesitate to create new relationships, even if you doubt they’ll last. Not only will God send important people in unexpected places, but also even if the bond doesn’t last a long time, it is still needed to get you through a specific part of your life. 

I am excited to see how you continue to grow and learn the wonderful lessons God has planned for you as He continues to shape you in His image. Congratulations again!

An RTCS alumnus