Our Advice for Graduates9 Quotes to Live a New Life

Graduation is one of life’s biggest milestones. However, for many graduates, leaving home and academic life and becoming a self-sufficient adult with healthy relationships is a difficult transition. For anyone who is graduating from high school, college, or graduate school and wants to live their best life, here are some quotes. Let’s face it, everyone could benefit from this advice.

1. “You are as sick as your secrets.” – Steve Arterburn
Bring secrets into the light to find freedom from the prison of shame and gain intimacy with God and others. Join a Life Recovery Group for help. James 5:16 (NLT) says, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”

2. “The thoughts we think become the actions we take.” – Becky Brown
If a graduate’s thoughts are always negative, it will be hard for them to have a positive life. A computer program can be changed—lies and false beliefs can be replaced with the truth.

3. “If everyone else is to blame, I won’t find a solution; if I accept that I am part of the problem, I’m more likely to find a solution.” – Chris Williams
A mature adult doesn’t blame others but takes responsibility. If a drunk driver hits a pedestrian, it’s not their fault, but they must go to the hospital. Healing is a choice everyone must.

4. “God meets you where you’re at – He meets you in the depths. Take it one step at a time, and you’ll get through it.” – Dr. Jill Hubbard
Without a doubt, there will be difficult times in life that are so dark that there seems to be no hope at all. During these times, remember to turn to God. He is there. And He has promised “I will never abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5).

5. “Busyness and hurry are the enemies of a meaningful life.” – Dr. Jim Burns
Culture often equates being busy with worth—if someone is busy, they must be successful. Saying no to anything that interferes with the important things in life.

6. “If you have to give yourself up for another person to love you, do you really want to be with them?” – Dr. Jacqui Mack-Harris
People often give too much in a new relationship. A healthy relationship is a balanced one; each person should have interests, hobbies, and friends outside of the relationship. Choose emotionally, spiritually, and relationally grounded people.

7. “Pain accumulates over time, so decide if it’s how you want your life to be or if you want it to be different.” – Dr. Alice Benton
Any trauma from the past must be dealt with or it will interfere with the present. Trauma can result from adverse life events in childhood or adulthood. See a New Life Counselor to heal from the pain.

8. “Without boundaries, you’ll grow resentful, angry, and teach people it’s okay to treat you badly.” – Marc Cameron
Healthy boundaries define what is appropriate behavior in a relationship – behavior that keeps both parties safe. One must be clear and straightforward about what they will and will not allow. And don’t forget to follow through with any consequences.

9. “While we can’t change what happened, we can get our lives back.” – Dr. Sheri Keffer
A graduate must not let their past or pain define them; instead, they can turn to God, form healthy relationships, and take responsibility for their healing. Then they are on their way to living their best life.

Want to live a new life? Call 800-NEW-LIFE. We can connect you with a counselor, coach, and Life Recovery Group. Give us a call today.

by Kimberlee Bousman

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