Homecoming aftermath

Dear high schoolers,

Happy homecoming! 

After all the homecoming photos I’ve seen on Instagram, I’ve wondered . . . was it all you dreamed it would be?

You put so much effort into planning this one night—from the “ask” to pep rallies, from choosing your outfit to figuring out where to eat, from taking photos to planning on what you’ll do after—that you expected “this is gonna be the best day of my life. My li-i-i-i-i-ife.”

But it probably wasn’t. 

There’s so much buildup that, when things don’t go exactly as planned, there’s so much letdown. Do you mind if I let you in on a little secret? Homecoming actually shouldn’t be the best day of your life. (Really, high school shouldn’t even be the best years of your life.) Because that would mean the rest of your life is all downhill from now on.

It’s not. I promise. But you should listen to the God who makes you promises too, because he is far more faithful and trustworthy than I am. He sent Jesus to pay for your sins so that you could be his child. His plans are far bigger and better than you can possibly imagine. (Far bigger and better than all the plans you made for one night.) Because your Savior came, you can have life and have it abundantly—for your whole life. 

Actually, now that I think of it, because of Jesus, Homecoming is going to be the best day of your life. Your heavenly Homecoming day when angels carry you home to heaven and you get eternal life. 

Until then, you won’t have a best day, but you will have great days. Why? Because as you look forward to your ultimate Homecoming, you spend less time making your own plans and more time fulfilling God’s plans for you—the plans he has to prosper you, not to harm you, the plans that give you hope and a future. 

It’s all uphill from here!

Linda Buxa still has one of her homecoming dresses hanging in her closet.