Things to Do This Summer
Wondering what to do this summer? Bored out of your mind even though summer has barely just begun? Or maybe you are looking for ideas of things you can do to stay out of the summer heat? Well, here’s a list of 5 things that you can do this summer that will also help strengthen your walk with God.
1. The 1000 things challenge. Get a notebook and set out with the goal to write down 1000 things that you are thankful to God for. Try it! You will be amazed at how different the world is when being viewed with an attitude of gratitude.
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 18
2. Read. Find books on missionaries and read them! Read books such as The Hiding Place, Through Gates of Splendor, and (my personal favorite) Evidence Not Seen. Study the lives they’ve lived, memorize their favorite verses, and find out what made them so willing to give EVERYTHING for the cause of Christ. Your faith will be strengthened and heart humbled as you learn of those Christians who have gone before us.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2: 15
3. Pass out tracts. As we all learned recently here on campus, many men’s dress shirts have been equipped with the perfect witnessing tool, the "tract rack" (aka the front pocket), while many women carry around "tract packs" (aka their purses). Pass out tracts this summer. Every person you come in contact with throughout your day has been divinely placed by God to cross your path. Take advantage of the opportunity God has given you and share a tract. You may be the only Christian they will ever meet.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16
4. Memorize! Just because school is out does not mean you should take a break from learning God's Word. Make it a point to memorize and meditate on scripture.
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119: 11
5. Re-evaluate yourself. Christian literally means “little Christ.” But so often in today’s world, with all the technology and entertainment available to us, it is hard for believers--let alone the world--to tell the difference between a follower of Christ and everybody else. Make it a point this summer to comb through different areas of your life and take out those things which do not pass a test from Philippians 4:8.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
When we come to the end of August and school is about to be starting up again, will you look at how you spent your summer and be satisfied with what you have accomplished? Hopefully these 5 ideas will help you make this summer one lived with no regrets.0