I call you my seniors because I have had the incredible privilege of watching you grow. I have walked beside you through Junior and Senior High school. Being a small school, I have taught you every year for five years. That is not something every teacher gets the privilege to do. I have watched you learn and grow in so many ways and I cannot tell you how truly proud I am of you.
I don’t take for granted the honor it is to speak into your life. It’s not even the big events that have meant the most to me. It is the small moments where we have laughed together, most of the time at one of my classic foibles. Most of all I am humbled by the honor I have had to be a small part of your life. You have taught me so much and I will forever be grateful.
This will come as no surprise to any of you, but I would like to share a few quotes with you from some incredible writers who can say it so much better than I can.
“It’s not so much what we have in this life that matters. It’s what we do with what we have.” – Fred Rodgers
“Don’t shine so others can see you, shine so that through you others can see HIM” – C. S. Lewis
“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss
And finally I leave you with one from JRR Tolkien
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
God has made each of you with the exact gifts and abilities to impact your world. You now have the incredible opportunity to develop into the person he has made you to be and use those gifts to share his love with others.
My prayers and love go with you,