Summer of Faith

Summer is approaching at lightening speed, and with summer comes big changes. Obviously for 8th graders, changing into a new ministry and entering high school in the fall. Who you hang out with in the summer can really dictate who you’re going to hang out with next school year, and that very well could change from last year. Who you are as a person will change based off of experiences you have, the physical and emotional growth you go through - you will enter into next fall as a changed person. Summer can also be a time of change in one’s faith. Faith can flourish in the summer, but it can also take a turn for the worse - when we get out of the school-year routine, it can be easy to get out of a God-routine too. How can we make sure that this is a summer of spiritual growth, and not decline?

Here’s three helpful G’s to ensure that your summer vacation isn’t a vacation from God…

The first “G” is to set spiritual Goals. One of the best ways to achieve anything in life is to set goals. A basketball player may set a goal that she may not leave the gym until she makes a certain amount of shots. A musician may set a goal of learning a difficult song by a certain day. When I was competitively running in high school/college, there were plenty of goals that I set to become a better, faster runner: run a certain amount of miles in a week for example, and the next week a few more...

Goals are a realistic way to get better at anything, so set goals in your faith to continually grow closer to God. Proverbs 21:5 says, “the plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” If we prepare ourselves with spiritual goals, that will lead to a deeper understanding of God and a closer relationship with Him. If we treat our faith as a part of a school-year routine and are flippant with Him, that will lead to a low-level relationship with Him. 

What goals will you set for your faith this summer? Perhaps you want to get to know Jesus better - set the goal to read all four Gospels. Or if you want to ramp up your prayer life - set the goal to pray every day, being thankful for something different each day. I don’t know what goal you want to set for yourself, but this will be a good way to grow with God this summer.

The second “G” to ensure your summer vacation isn’t a vacation from God: Gather. Summer is the perfect time to fall away from church - out of normal routine, sleeping so much you forget what day it is, staying up so late on Saturday nights, or just losing motivation all-together to get together with Christian brothers and sisters. Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another all the more…” Don’t let bailing on church be your summer habit! Worship with us on Sunday mornings, have fun with us on Tuesdays, and dig deeper into God’s Word at our Thursday morning small groups! Christianity isn’t meant to be a solo mission, make sure to keep your church family involved in your summer as to encourage one another towards Jesus.

The third “G” to ensure your summer vacation isn’t a vacation from God: God-time. This isn’t a mind-blowing revelation, I get it - but it is a truth that gets right down to it. If we bail on spending time with God this summer, we will grow further away from Him. We can be confident that if we draw near to God, He will come near to us (James 4:8). Students, here’s a suggestion for getting God-time into your routine: all school year, you have time built into your day to do homework. Now that you don’t have homework, use some of that time to open up God’s Word and spend time with Him! 

Think of your best friend. If you don’t hang out with your best friend all summer long, there will be a bit of distance created in your relationship. You’ll experience things, they’ll experience other things. You hang out with certain people, they’ll hang with other people. Things change and you grow apart. Same with God. If you don’t spend time with Him, you’ll miss out on a relationship that He wants to have, and inevitably drift away a bit… 

Set spiritual goals this summer, make sure to gather with your brothers and sisters in Christ to encourage one another, and don’t forget your God-time! If you include these three G’s into your summer, I am confident that when you enter into next fall, you will look back at this season as an amazing time that you grew tremendously in your faith.