Don't Waste Your Summer
Traditionally, the summer months are known for leisure, vacation, and rest. Those are good things. But, more often than not, this translates into a casual attitude toward things that really matter. During the summer it is tempting to neglect the spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible study, and church attendance.
I want to challenge you to grow in your relationship with God this summer. Be intentional about pursuing Christ with all your heart during these summer months. Develop a plan to fan the flames of your love for Christ.
John Piper has written, “Summer has its special power. Jesus Christ is refreshing, but flight from him into Christless leisure makes the soul parched. At first it may feel like freedom and fun to skimp on prayer, and neglect the Word. But then we pay: shallowness, powerlessness, vulnerability to sin, preoccupation with trifles, superficial relationships, and a frightening loss of interest in worship and the things of the Spirit. Don’t let summer make your soul shrivel. God made summer as a foretaste of heaven, not a substitute.”
Below are a few random suggestions for pursuing maturity in Christ this summer. Use the good ones and throw away the unhelpful ones.
1. Read a good Christian biography. Biographies have a way of getting us out of our little world. Read about the great men and women of God and watch your capacity to enjoy Christ increase (let me know if you need suggestions).
2. Turn off the television. Instead of watching more TV this summer, watch less. Cancel the streaming service. You will save money, get a lot more done, and free up time to complete the rest of these suggestions.
3. Invite a neighbor, co-worker, or fellow church member over for dinner. Focus on strengthening your relationships this summer.
4. Take a prayer-walk. Put on the tennis shoes and just spend some unhurried time in the Lord’s presence. Go with a list of all the people, events, and issues that need prayer.
5. Have extended family devotions. Dads, gather your family, read the Scripture, and sing Christ-centered songs together.
6. Memorize a chapter of Scripture.
7. Find ways to strengthen the church. Instead of decreasing your church participation, increase it this summer. Get involved. Serve people.
8. Read the book of Esther in one sitting. When is the last time you read the Bible out of pure enjoyment? Esther is more fun to read than any novel.
9. Read a good book of theology. Think of a subject you want to know more about, and find the best book available on the subject (let me know if you need suggestions).