The Neosho High School class of 2013 was given three pieces of advice Wednesday evening at the NHS baccalaureate service, held at the Neosho High School.
Speaker Eugene Tindall, youth and associate pastor at Neosho First Baptist Church, advised the soon-to-be graduates to place their hearts with God, trust in Him and give themselves to Him.
Tindall, whose daughter Allison was among the rows of graduates Wednesday evening, told the class to let God help them find a purpose in their lives.
“No matter how great of a student you were, you were a great class and you had special things and great achievements …I’ve learned after 16 years that no class is irreplaceable,” Tindall said. “Next year, there’s going to be new seniors, there will be new people on the football team taking your spots, wearing your jerseys, they’ve never canceled the wrestling team no matter how good they’ve done… You don’t cancel these things. Life goes on. How to have a life purpose? What makes life important, how can we do that?”
First, he advised graduates to give their hearts to God, then follow them. He said simply following one’s heart can be dangerous without a moral compass to lead them in the right direction.
“I believe it is important to follow our hearts, but we need to get our heart right in the first place,” Tindall said.
Next, he advised that graduates trust in God to lead them in the right direction. He told the seniors that it is important to have trust when giving their lives to God.
“Life is going to change after Friday night, for you,” Tindall said. “And there are going to be some times when you’re going to need to find out what to do, and you may not have the same friends next to you, or people that are close to you, you may not have mom and dad or other family members to always do that, and that’s when you’re going to have to turn to your faith to guide you in that situation.”
Finally, Tindall recommended that graduates give themselves to God and wait on Him.
“It’s going to be amazing to see what you all do with your lives that God has given you,” Tindall said. “I do believe everyone in this room has a God given purpose.”
The baccalaureate service also included a performance of “Come, ye Thankful People” presented by the senior choir, an invocation, delivered by senior Sam McFerron, and music provided by the Neosho Wildcat Band.
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