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By Billy Graham

This article was published July 15, 2014 at 2:19 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I graduated from high school a few weeks ago, and I don't know what to do now. Most of my friends are headed to college, but I don't think it's for me. My parents are pressuring me to do something, but how can I know what's right?

-- Z.R.

DEAR Z.R.: The most important advice I can give you is to seek God's will for your life. He made you and knows all about you, and He also knows what's best for you. More than that, He loves you and wants you to discover His plan for you.

Don't panic or do the first thing that comes to mind. Instead, commit your future -- and your life -- to Jesus Christ, asking Him to come into your life and guide you. He may not tell you where you'll be 10 years from now; you don't need to know that right now. But He will help you know the next step you need to take. The Bible says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5-6).

College isn't for everyone, and it may not be right for you. However, education is important and you may want to consider a local community college or technical institute, either now or later. Get to know your abilities also; vocational testing may help you do this.

Above all, make it your goal to follow Christ throughout your life. Even more important than what you'll do is what kind of person you'll be. Make the Bible your daily guide, because "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path" (Psalm 119:105).

Write to Billy Graham in care of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C. 28201 or visit the website at

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