What is Your Summer To-Do List?
Our 12-year-old daughter Leah has started a spring tradition where she comes up with 100 fun things to do in the summer. She draws a color-coded chart and makes it into quite a project. It’s become a fun way to think about all the things she wants to make sure she does in the summer. Her little sister Lucy has now started to think she wants to do her own chart of fun with stickers included to celebrate when she completes something.
We all have a summer to-do list whether we’ve made it into a colorful check-off chart or not. We’ve got vacations planned, meetings to go to, work to do, yardwork to address, etc. But what if we had some more intentionality behind it? What if we had a plan for engaging our faith?
What if we drew up a list of fun ways to experience God this summer? Write it down, maybe in your disciple’s notebook. Experiment with listening prayer, experiment with reading a book or chapter of the Bible in one sitting, invite someone to coffee and ask them about their faith story and how they live it out day to day, tell your faith story to someone, read a book that encourages you in your walk with the Lord.
There is something so sweet about a young person engaging life with joy and intention. Sometimes it’s easy for us to get lost in the daily grind, in the pressing “to-do” lists instead up dreaming up a fun plan with the living God who loves us.
God has given each of us a treasure in his Word – to be a guide for us to live into, to be a source of strength as we experience troubled times, to be the message of who we are created to be. God has given us the beauty of the summertime – including lakes and flowers and green grass. There is a simplicity and a complexity in the wonder of the natural world and all God has created.
What’s your to-do list going to look like?
“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 10:12
by KC DiNardo