Ready for Summer to be Over?

I’ll be the first one to admit that during our short summer months I purposely “check-out” of my routine.  I indulge in my leisurely activities without an ounce of regret or guilt.  And if you ask me why, I would tell you that “I need it.”  And I do!  This business of homeschooling, combined with the tending of my home and this ministry, depletes me of so much energy that by the end of the school year, I’m ready for a “Sabbath” period of time.  I don’t want to serve my family or my church without joy so I retreat, to take some time to refill my bucket, so to speak.

However, staying on a continual season of leisure is dangerous too.   It is easy to be “choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life (summertime?), and their fruit does not mature” (Luke 8:14).  These asserted words ought to warn us against the futility of riches and pleasure.  Taking God’s gifts of comfort and pleasures have a way of keeping us worldly minded and self-preoccupied and, thus, in a state of infancy in the faith.  I don’t want to be guilty of only growing and maturing in godliness when trials come.  I don’t want to pretend I don’t have responsibilities and obligations in Christ year round.  Authentic Christianity must be practiced in season and out of season.

With that in mind, this summer I committed to taking great pains to keep serving the Lord, “for those who serve well…gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus” (1Tim 3:13).  Yes, I pulled out the books, the lawn chairs, the kiddie pool, but I also made the list of how specifically I would serve my husband, my sons, my church, my Christian friends, and the non-Christians I know.  I wanted to be aware of the gospel in my life as if it were Christmas time!

But just like the hot summer days brought days full of friends, outtings, and even opportunities to share Christ with new people, it also brought waves of temptations to be overly preoccupied with self and worldly mindedness.  So to be completely honest, I’m cool with summer being over soon.  I’m okay with me getting back into a routine and filling my days with many forms of discipline of the mind, body, and service.  I want to be fruitful and I want to mature, so I’m ready for the leisurely cares of the summertime to be over.  I’m ready. Are you ready?

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