Four Things to Keep Your Summer Vacation For God
Instead of From God
Summer time is upon us! The heat is here to stay for a good long while; the kids are out of school, and summer vacations have grown from a distant mirage to a distinct reality. However, while the watermelons are still no larger than baseballs and the peaches still the size of golf balls we ought to take a few minutes and plan the most important part of our summer, our personal walk with God!
No, I do not think God is against vacations, even summer vacations. We need some time off, some time away from the everyday. We need to rest, relax, and recreate to be sure. This is part of how we endure our struggle in this body. We rest it, feed it, and care for its needs. Living a healthful physical life can help afford us the emotional energy needed to sustain a healthful spiritual life. Vacations are needed things. Even so, our enemy, the Devil (1 Pet 5:8), would like for our vacations to be vacations from God, not for God! The Bible, however, tells us exactly how we ought to take vacations: — And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Col 3:17).
So, here are four simple things that you can do to help keep your vacations this summer for God and not from God. (Please do not miss the pun with four and for; I worked really hard for it!).
- 1. Pray, everyday, to start your day. (Just a simple, yet reflective prayer can change the course of our day toward the good.)
- 2. Read a scripture, or the words to a song that is psalm hymn or spiritual song. (This is a time of relaxing and reflection, not intense study, read Psalm 23 or 121).
- 3. Intentionally, mention God, His goodness, faithfulness, or mercy to at least one person everyday. (This is exactly 113 x easier, when you have done numbers 1 and 2, and it will bless you to share Philemon 6!)
- 4. Make arrangements ahead of time for your giving to continue. [Giving is a vital element of worship for all true worshipers of God (John 4:24). Giving keeps us remembering the source of our blessings, God (Deut 26:1–15). God is deliberately generous (Rom 5:6) in giving us His Son and graciously all things, as well (John 3:16; Rom 8:32). It is good for His children to imitate Him (Eph 5:1)].
Peace on your vacation, with God,