Summer is pretty exciting! I've always looked forward to summer. It's baseball season, school is out, the days are longer, family vacations, and so much more! I think I'm more excited about summer this year than I have been since I was a kid. It's no wonder considering so many things were missing from last summer's list of activities. I doubt I'm alone in anticipating a fun filled, eventful summer.
Maybe you suffer from a little F.O.M.O anyway and so the list of things you want to accomplish and participate in this summer continues to grow and grow. I know one of the things I heard as a kid and find myself needing to remind myself of this summer is, "you can't do everything." There is not an unlimited amount of any of the resources necessary to do everything. We don't have unlimited amounts of money. We don't have unlimited amounts of energy and we especially don't have unlimited amounts of time. So the only way to address the ever growing list of things we want to do this summer is to prioritize. We must choose which events, activities and plans are most important, beneficial or meaningful.
As we prioritize that list we have to consider the resources available to us. Which of the activities, plans, etc. fit within our budget? We have to consider how much energy we have to expend. Summer should provide us with a little time to relax, reflect and breath. The hardest resource for me to evaluate and budget is time. My parent's words, "you can't do everything" echo in my head as I anticipate this summer's schedule.
If you can relate to my love hate relationship with summer, I have a few words of encouragement to you. First, you can't do everything, so don't try. God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. He commanded us to practice the sabbath that He modeled. Remember that we describe summer days as lazy so take some time to relax, enjoy the sunshine and rest. Second, since you can't do everything you need to decide what is most important. Please prioritize your relationship with Jesus this summer. My recommendation is before you plan vacation, before you add the kids' ball schedule to the calendar, add your time of personal worship to your schedule. Wallula's summer Bible reading plan is a great way to accomplish this priority. Read along with other folks from Wallula as we take a chronological journey through the Apostle Paul's letters in the New Testament. You can sign up to participate in this challenge here: Summer Reading Plan. Of course you want to plan to be involved in worship with your church family as much as possible this summer. Remember you can always join Wallula online at 9:00 or 10:30 am if you are out of town or otherwise unable to worship in person. Finally make some time and have a little fun! Wallula has Summer Fun Groups forming right now. These groups will get together for a bbq or maybe to take in a ball game or any number of other summer activities a couple of times this summer. These groups will be a great way to enjoy some summer fun and to build relationships with your Wallula family!
Looking forward to Summer,
"And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved."
- Acts 2:46-47