So, here we are looking at the start of another summer. Obviously, our view differs dramatically from when we were kids, when our view could be largely summed up in one word, fun, or its synonym…no school! Still, summer offers us a bit of hope for a change of pace, a bit of rest, and some long need extended time with our families. For most of us at least, it offers opportunity to do something different, something more, or something that’s been needing doing for some time. So, what are you planning on doing different or more or that it’s time to finally get around to doing? Plans are just that, plans. We don’t always get them completely done and rarely do they go exactly as we plan, but we still plan and should.
Let me encourage you to make specific, intentional plans to spend more time with your husband/wife in unhurried conversation. Let me encourage to make plans (not just plan on) creating some long needed opportunities for unhurried conversations with your children. Most importantly, let me encourage you to make personal, specific, and REAL plans to have more and more extended unhurried conversations with God. When we were kids fun wasn’t planned…it just happened, but now for fun, for rest, or for unhurried conversations to “happen” we must make specific plans, work those plans, and protect those plans from the many inevitable demands and obstacles that “stole them away” last summer and the summer before that.
A specific opportunity and challenge for this summer is to join your pastors and friends in the church wide challenge to read the whole Bible through in 105 days. This will take planning and commitment and 30-40 minutes a day, six days a week. This will give…extended time personally hearing God speak to you, wonderful occasions for us to share what He is showing us and doing in us through His Word, and certainly a life changing time of His powerful and personal influence in our lives. I’m looking forward to what it will do to me and what it will do to us. Hey, it’s a plan.
I’m really looking forward to our next study in Hebrews this week. I’m finding this portion of scripture uniquely clear and powerful in my life. I’m looking forward to our fellowship around our Savior. See you Sunday, Lord willing.