Lazy summer days are on the horizon

Written by Zachary Hagen
April 27, 2017

He have had a million and one things to do this semester. Papers, tests, performances, labs, projects and so much more. Finally, we are in the last week of the semester and we will have freedom from this high intensity schedule for a while. Some of us will be graduating, and others will be continuing on here again in the fall. The summer holds a million and one possibilities, but not all of them are good.

While we are here, we have mandatory worships. They can be kind of a pain, but they keep us connected despite busy schedules that might distract us from having worship at all. However, the summer is just as busy in a different way. Instead of homework and projects, our time is filled with vacations, lazy days watching Netflix, video games and catching up with friends. We tend to forget that our spiritual lives exist when we aren’t surrounded by three thousand other people encouraging us to pursue a complete relationship with Christ.

So what do we do when we don’t have all the resources that Southern provides for us? What do we do when we have to take care of our own spiritual lives? Where do we go for spiritual fulfillment between Sabbaths?

Personal devotion can feel like an unattainable art form for some. At times, it feels that way to me, but the beauty of alone time with God is that He is approachable and ready for us to come to Him. To be fed with the bread of life, all we have to do is to go to Him. Psalm 81:10 says, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” He is a rescuer and he can rescue us from the summer slump if we go to Him.

God wants a little time with you every day. Matthew 6:6 says, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” He wants you to pray and come before Him.

The answer to the summer slump is personal worship. The Bible is the best option, but it can be overwhelming if you are just starting out or if you haven’t read it in a while. Devotional books and programs can help you grow your connection to the Word. A personal favorite of mine is Prayer 90x. My brother loves the Joy Challenge. The important thing is to find what works for you.

This summer can be a nice, easy break from the stress of school, but it doesn’t have to be a break from your spirituality.