How to Have a Great Summer
As I was growing up, summer was always my favorite time of year. For me, summer meant baseball in the park, swimming with friends in the backyard, and barbeques in the evening with the family. Looking back now, it probably became my favorite time simply because it meant the end of school. As I have grown older, summer still remains my favorite season of the year. I personally love the hot summer days, the long nights, and the smells that summer brings. However, as a youth pastor, summer is also a time that I fear the most for our teens. Now that school is over, they find themselves out of routine and begin to experience something they haven’t had during school—free time. Someone once said, “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” How sad it is to see so many young people backslide miserably in the summer.Let me challenge you to make the summer of 2009 the best one you have ever experienced in your life by doing the following.
First of all, make this a spiritual summer. Instead of a summer slump, determine to have a summer jump. Make a personal commitment to spend more with God than you have at any other time of your life. There should be no excuse for missing a day in personal devotions with our Saviour. Read, study, and memorize your Bible; pray every day.
Secondly, make this a summer of separation. Instead of becoming more like the world, strive to become more like Christ. Though bombarded daily by the world,the flesh, and the devil, make a personal decision not to associate yourself with these influences. This summer, look like a Christian, talk like a Christian, and act like a Christian.
How sad it is to see so many young people backslide miserably in the summer.
Thirdly, make this a summer of service. If you do not have a job or you are only working part time, volunteer to help out around your church. You can push a vacuum, mow the lawns, wash windows, clean toilets, sweep, organize, and do about a million other jobs your youth pastor or pastor have that need to be done. Do not sit around all day playing video games! Get up and serve!
Lastly, make this a summer of soul winning. I have challenged the teens of North Valley to pass out just one tract every day this summer. They don’t even have to talk to anyone; they just need to pass out one tract a day! If one hundred teens pass out one tract every day for ninety days, at the end of summer we will have passed out nine thousand tracts. Can you imagine the possibilities?! How about making a personal commitment to be a soul winner this summer? Always be on the patrol for a soul!
I hope that these four ideas will be a help to you in making this a successful summer: be spiritual, be separated, be a servant, and be a soul winner. Make 2009 the greatest summer of your life!