Dear Class of 2017

(This is a letter I wrote and shared with my graduating seniors on their final day of school.)

Holland Christian Class of 2017,

I feel so privileged to know each of you. I am continually impressed by the ways you encourage and love each other, and I am amazed by the talents and skills you each possess. I am confident each of you is going to make a difference in the places you’ll go, and I’m honored to have been a part of it so far.

Thanks for welcoming me when I was new, loving me, teaching me, being patient with me, and being friends when I needed them. You are very special to me.

Maya Angelou said “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I teach with this in mind, and I hope you know how much I love and value each of you.

A thought I want to make sure you hear:

I don’t believe we’re called to sit back and just let life follow the path of least resistance. Rather, I think we most reflect the image of God when we boldly pursue the God-ordained ideas, dreams, and callings placed on our hearts. Don’t sit back and ignore these! You are called to and created for amazing things, but they won’t just happen – you need to act! “Transform the World for Jesus Christ” isn’t just a phrase we throw around – it’s our call to action, to be people who pursue justice and radiate grace in a world that so desperately needs them. I’m so excited to watch the ways you continue to do this.


  1. You don’t have to have it all figured out.
  2. It’s okay to have bad days and tough times – this is when we learn the most.
  3. God doesn’t say “oops”.
  4. You are valued.
  5. You are LOVED.
  6. I believe in you.

I love you, I’ll miss you, and I’m here for you. Let me know how I can help along the way.

In Jesus,


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