Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven
We all look forward to the summer season. When we think of summer, most of us think of family vacation, youth conference, swimming, sleeping in, camping in the outdoors, Fourth of July picnics, fishing, biking, and theme parks, to name a few. Summer is an awesome time to make memories!
Though summer is an enjoyable time, it could also be a very dangerous season. If you are not careful it can really set you back as a Christian. I have seen Christians who have good momentum for the Lord lose their momentum in the summer season. I have seen good decisions made for the Lord in the summer, but I have also seen life-ruining choices that were made during this time. Determine to have a summer jump, not a summer slump! Having a summer jump does not come by accident. It takes planning and strategizing.
Here are some tips to have a great summer individually and as a family:
Have a tradition and make it a priority to set aside a time and the finances necessary to do something yearly with your family. Your family vacation does not have to be expensive or lavish. You just need to spend time together as a family! Make sure it is well-organized and planned out in advance. It could be a small camping trip, a road trip to visit a national park, a flight to another state, or something that is planned in the area (staycation). The idea is to make and share memories with your family.
Make sure you make the Lord’s house a priority! Be at church for all the services and events when you are in town. If you are on vacation or out of town, make sure you locate a good church you can attend.
A healthy church will still have ministries going on in the summer. Make sure you are faithfully serving in your place and on time. If you will be out of town, make sure you contact your department head ahead of time to find the necessary replacements.
Walking with the Lord is important! Make sure you schedule proper time for it.
Stay away from places that will be a temptation or cause you to compromise your biblical standards or beliefs.
Go online and get sermons from our church website or ask for preaching and material that will help you mature and grow in the Lord.
Make sure you plan your week and make it as organized as possible. It is a good idea to “sync” your schedule with the church’s schedule and calendar.
With the extra time, challenge yourself or your children to learn a trade that will help them in life—whether it is sewing, gardening, carpentry, or any other trade.
Look for a project that will improve your home or work area.
If you are lacking things to do, or don’t have a place to stay accountable, come to church! We will have projects and jobs available as a way for you and your family to serve.
Summer is awesome! I hope you take these suggestions and determine to have a “summer jump” and not a “summer slump.”
The decision of identity determines the direction and end of our conversation or lifestyle.
What if we had to have church in your house? What kind of sanctuary would your home make?