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CHS students encouraged to use their inner GPS as they travel through life

Campbellsville High School seniors were given a message about letting their God-driven GPS guide their lives at this year’s baccalaureate service.

 

The virtual service premiered on Facebook on Saturday, May 30.

 

CHS senior Alli Wilson introduced speaker Kevin Rafferty, who is a math teacher at the school.

 

Wilson said this uncertain time has made many people feel hopeless and confused.

 

“However, I have found walking in faith has always provided an immense amount of courage and strength.”

 

In the time she was a student of Rafferty’s, Wilson said, he has been gracious and firm in his faith.

 

“Constantly spreading encouragement and hope to his students,” she said.

 

“He embodies the joy, drive and overall faith in God that many, myself included, are constantly dependent upon,” Wilson said. “Whether he is teaching mathematics or going the extra mile in his spin classes, he humbly displays a Christian heart.”

 

Rafferty said being asked to speak at baccalaureate is one of the greatest honors in his career.

 

“Today, I want to speak with you about ‘after graduation,’ what’s next?”

 

For 18 years, he said, students have had their needs and most of their wants met by someone else.

 

“Soon, you will start a life that will be something you have to navigate on your own. It’s going to be fun and free and liberating, for a while.”

 

But then, Rafferty said, students will realize they are responsible for decisions they make and the outcomes and consequences of those decisions.

 

“I want you to imagine with me that your life is like traveling down a road or interstate,” he said.

 

The road represents life’s path and there will be many other vehicles around.

 

“All of you are on the road, but not all of you are going the same speed,” Rafferty said.

 

“Some are going so fast, some are cruising and some are in the right lane … the slow lane. Not all of you are going to the same place, not all are taking the same path.”

 

Rafferty said students will need something to guide them as they drive on their pathway of life.

 

“Something that will tell you how to arrive at your destination,” he said. “You will need a GPS for your life. You will need something to guide you and direct you.”

 

Parents are a great GPS, Rafferty said, but the GPS he is talking about is even better.

 

“The GPS I’m talking about is made up of four things,” he said. “The Holy Bible, God the father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.”

 

The Bible is a love letter to guide students on the road of life, Rafferty said.

 

“This Bible was written for you,” he said. “Have you ever thought of that? In it, you learn about the one who gives the absolute best advice and it is God, his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.”

 

Rafferty said students will sometimes cruise down the road of life with the windows down and the sun shining, but other days they will hardly keep the car on the road.

 

“There will be exits, detours, lane changes, potholes and some pit stops and there will be exits you will have to take,” he said.

 

The exits students face will become their next life adventures.

 

“This could be college, trade school, factory jobs or a home-based business,” he said. “It could also be marriage and parenthood. Whatever you decide, it should be taken in prayer.”

 

Rafferty encouraged students to not forget to take the exit for success.

 

“This isn’t the success of the world, for that will pass,” he said. “Success is not only about some kind of degree or job. Not about your car, house, money in the bank. It’s not about your material possessions. Success should be measured by your trust in the Lord and doing the father’s will.”

 

Rafferty said he encourages students to pray about their lives.

 

“God can and will guide you to your chosen career,” he said.

 

“Sometimes, we don’t listen and have to back up and try again. Save yourself some time, access your GPS and petition the father first and let him be your guide.”

 

Rafferty said we will sometimes drive upon a traffic jam, be forced to wait and might feel stuck.

 

“You feel like your goals, like graduation, owning your own home, waiting for the right person, are taking forever,” he said. “Use this time to learn the lessons that God wants you to. This is easier said than done. But, when you cry out to the Lord, he will listen. He can be depended on to answer your prayers.”

 

At times, Rafferty said, students will be forced to take some detours in life.

 

“Life doesn’t always go according to our plans,” he said. “The best plans are God’s plans.”

 

Detours can sometimes become the best parts of our lives, Rafferty said.

 

“Sometimes these detours become the best things that happen in your life,” he said. “They are not necessarily the great let downs in your life. Sometimes, they are God looking out for you.

 

“Embrace these times, these detours. In them, you sometimes see the beauty of your life and experience God’s greatest blessings.”

 

People sometimes take a wrong turn in life, travel down the wrong street and don’t make the best decisions.

 

“These are sinful acts,” he said. “But, I have good news. When you mess up, your GPS can and will help.

 

“Turn to God, he has the ability to use all things for his good.”

 

At CHS, Rafferty said, students receive two important gifts – roots and wings.

 

“We have given you a school home for four years. We’ve gotten to know you and guide you,” he said.

 

“And it’s time for you to access your GPS and fly. Now spread those wings and take off.

 

“Know we will be here at CHS. Look done every once in a while … we will be looking up to see your flight.”

 

CHS senior Alli Wilson introduces baccalaureate speaker Kevin Rafferty, a math teacher at CHS.

CHS senior Alli Wilson introduces baccalaureate speaker Kevin Rafferty, a math teacher at CHS.

 

CHS math teacher Kevin Rafferty encourages students to access their inner GPS and let God guide them through the interstate of life.

CHS math teacher Kevin Rafferty encourages students to access their inner GPS and let God guide them through the interstate of life.

 

CHS math teacher Kevin Rafferty encourages students to access their inner GPS and let God guide them through the interstate of life.

CHS math teacher Kevin Rafferty encourages students to access their inner GPS and let God guide them through the interstate of life.

 

CHS math teacher Kevin Rafferty encourages students to access their inner GPS and let God guide them through the interstate of life.

CHS math teacher Kevin Rafferty encourages students to access their inner GPS and let God guide them through the interstate of life.

 

CHS math teacher Kevin Rafferty encourages students to access their inner GPS and let God guide them through the interstate of life.

CHS math teacher Kevin Rafferty encourages students to access their inner GPS and let God guide them through the interstate of life.





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