Schools out! Summers here! Well, of course, it’s not officially summer, but you know what I mean. It’s time for the pool, vacations, humidity, cookouts, mosquitos, and more. I love summer.
And as you step into the summer, we’d like to encourage you to change your summer mindset in a subtle, but significant way: don’t take the summer off, take advantage of it. Every new season brings new opportunities for growth. Don’t grow numb in the summer, grow more like Christ. Don’t grow apart from the church, grow deeper in relationship. Don’t drift from the mission, engage in the unique missional opportunities that summer brings. Here are a few ways we are praying you take advantage of the summer.
Develop your personal relationship with Jesus – Remember when life was too busy to have to for daily interaction with Jesus through his word and prayer? Remember you planned on doing more of that when things “slowed down”? Well, that time is now! Of course, now you realize that things never really “slow down.” But in the midst of the summer blitz, develop your personal relationship with Jesus.
- Memorize Psalm 23 with RCC
- Listen to Psalm sermons on podcast on app
- Catch up on the Bible reading plan (or start the reading plan)
Develop your relationship with your church – You know that family or person you’ve been trying to get together with for a while? Summers are a great time to make that happen. With less church and school activities going on, use that space to develop the relationship with the church.
- Gather with the church when you’re in town
- Come early and stay late
- Invite people to lunch after
- Go to the park, zoo, etc. with people in your group
Develop your relationships with the unchurched – Most people want to belong before they believe. Most people become Christians because a trusted Christian friend led them to the Lord. Who are the unchurched people around you that God wants you to invest in relationally? You don’t have to be super spiritual, you just have to be available and intentional.
- Invite them to a cookout
- Hangout at things you both enjoy
Develop your relationships with your family – If you are married and/or have kids, use the summer as an opportunity for growth. Use the extra time in the car, on vacation together, or pool time, to grow together.
- Memorize Psalm 23 as a family
- Spend one-on-one time with your kids
- Have conversations about the past year highs-lows
Don’t just survive the summer, let’s thrive this summer. In order for that to happen, let’s not take the summer of, let’s take advantage of it.