Back up just a few years to when you first got invited to this thing called Wyld Life. Why did you say yes? Maybe because you have an older brother or sister who did it so you did it too. Maybe you said yes because “why not?”
I’m glad you did. You know I’m crying already, right? I just love you all.
Wyld Life has been especially awesome for ME because of YOU. These past few years, you brought it. You heard the invitation to something different and you accepted 100%.
I feel so honored to know you and to have been a part of your life during your middle school journey.
You are a spectacular group of humans.
This Class of ’23 is extraordinary – you are good and smart and strong and loving and aware. You listen, you ask good questions and you don’t settle. Also, you bring me Oreos.
But I hope you know that you are invited to a bigger story not just because of the good stuff in you. You are also invited because you are scared and weird and shy and superficial and disorganized. God wants all of it! Keep being you.
I pray Wyld Life is not the end of your walk with Jesus. You are invited to more because you are made for more. And you have heard about Jesus and experienced enough of Jesus to know there is MORE.
In a world where instagram and snap chat and a gazillion other voices are fighting for your attention; imagine Ms Andrea standing on a podium with a megaphone. Mr Brent and Mr Wes are jumping up and down waving their arms in the air and Ms Nicka and Ms Jenna are clapping to get your attention… got it?
Let this moment be LOUDER.
God has been jumping up and down in the funnest ways to get your attention. And I know you noticed. Keep your eyes open.
As you start High School next year, don’t let anyone look down on you because you’re a Freshman; keep setting an example for all you know to be true.
You are loved beyond measure. The plans God has for you are better than you can imagine.
I pray God strengthens you so Jesus can live in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, rooted and established in love, can have power with alllll God’s people to really get how wide and long and high and deep is Christ’s love for you.