Don't Park The Car
A college student’s life during the school year can be compared to a long car trip: always going from one place to the next, remembering to stay fueled, and working to arrive on time. But what can our life be compared to during the summer vacation? Many students are tempted to make their summer vacation a time to park the car, turn the engine off, and leave the car in the driveway for three months. The fall finds them rusty and unprepared.
Instead, let’s imagine the summer as another leg of the trip. It may indeed be a more leisurely leg. We may even get the chance to park the car for a week or two for a family vacation. But it would be unwise to “park our car” all summer long.
Here are a few areas in which to remember not to “park the car”:
- Spiritually—Don’t let your status as a current or future Christian college student fool you into thinking that you don’t need to go to church or read your Bible. Instead, use the summer as a time of spiritual refreshment.
- Mentally—Read good books. Study a language. Learn a new skill. Choose something and do it to keep your mental engine in working order.
- Socially— Pray for your friends over the summer. Stay in contact with your close friends. Add new friends.
- Physically—Summertime is a prime time to increase one’s level of physical fitness. Don’t allow yourself to sit on the couch all day or to fall into unhealthy sleep patterns. In fact, why not make it your goal to come back to PCC in better physical condition than when you left?
By not “parking the car” over the summer, we can meet the fall with excitement and make this next semester the best yet.0