Today’s guest post is from Meredith Mitchell, co-Valedictorian at Hampton (VA) Christian High School.  It is the text of a speech given at her graduation, June 18, 2010.

You so often hear “life with no regrets” and the way that people go about living with no regrets is “living for the moment.” But this is such a worldly concept and is not founded in the truth of the Bible at all. If you live for the moment, I can promise you that you will have regrets. There will be moments that you wish you could replay.

Instead, live for eternity and use every moment that He has given you to further the kingdom of God. 1 Thessalonians says “Pray without ceasing.” Sometimes we take verses like these and translate it into “Oh, well, Paul just means for us to pray most of the time because there’s no way we could always be praying.” But this verse is very literal! I challenge you to let every thought that passes through your mind be offered up to God as a conversation with Him. In every word you speak, be acutely aware of His nearness and His presence.

I want you to understand the intensity of the spiritual battle that is being fought for your spirit. There is a fight even now, because Satan wants to steal these words from you so that this seed will not take root. Once you begin to understand the magnitude of the spiritual war that is continually being fought, you will see the necessity to pray constantly, to search the Word of God like you would search for diamonds or 100 dollar bills, and to seek His face like it was the only thing that your life depended on.

I pray that you see how small this earthly life is and the insignificance of man-made plans, beauty, self-reliant intelligence, and living so that other people will be happy (living to please other people), compared to the spiritual battle being fought over your spirit that effects eternity.

I pray that your attention be taken off every friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, every human, and focused on Jesus Christ. Just as Paul wrote in Philippians 3, followers of Christ have one goal: KNOW CHRIST, THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION, AND THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERINGS…”­___________,

Hear the word of the Lord in Jeremiah 29:13: “You will seek Me and you shall find Me when you search for Me with all of your heart.” Do not seek Him half-heartedly, for it will be a vain search. You will find religiosity and rules, but no power. You will discover how to talk and act like a Christian, but you will have no insight that will radically change your life and enable you to make a difference for the kingdom. You will find stories of miracles, but never be able to accept the healing and restoration that He desires to give you. Take on the challenge of seeking the goal that Paul stated in Philippians 3: knowing Christ, the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings. Live with disregard to all man’s opinion, and be awake and alive to the Spirit of God. Listen to His voice. Devote yourselves to prayer, stay alert in it with thanksgiving (Col. 4:2). Read the Word of God every single day so that you may be equipped and filled with understanding, knowledge, and insight.

You have, or could have, the power that raised Christ from the dead. React to that! Step out in boldness at the whisper of the Holy Spirit, knowing that the words you speak are not your own, but those of the Creator and Shaper of hearts. Proclaim His words with boldness. You have a message that will bring hope…do not hold back. Be sensitive to the Spirit of God and follow His leading.

Choose godly counsel over friends. Seek wise company rather than popularity. Do whatever it takes to know your Lord and Savior.

Copyright 2010, Meredith Mitchell.  All rights reserved.