30/30: Summer. Cruise Control. Stay Recharged.

25 06 2008

To plan our summer together, our family went to Rainforest Cafe on Monday for a meeting to plan the summer activities in the Kade house. As we plowed though our Volcano dessert, we made a list of our family activities for the next three months…wave pools, Acadia, tennis lessons. There’s so many things you can’t do in Michigan most of the year. Here’s my Fav Five of summer

  1. Wearing Sandals
  2. Vacation (we always take a crazy one)
  3. Eating Outside
  4. Playing Tennis
  5. Eastern Market in Detroit

I love summer! But often as Christ followers, we put our spiritual lives on Cruise Control for the summer months. It’s really easy to glide along in your faith over the summer. The only problem is you can’t take three months off in your relationship with Jesus.

It’s like this. When it comes to your spiritual life, you are either powering up or powering down. A few weeks back, I was at conference at a hotel for two nights. Sure enough the one thing that I couldn’t find in my suitcase was my cell phone charger. Now everyone is into getting the latest, the greatest, the coolest Crackberries and cell phones, but the most important part of your cell phone is your charger. Without it, your dead. Each hour I watched the battery go down until finally it went completely dead. Don’t let that happen to you spiritually this summer! You can have the latest greatest stuff planned this summer, but you are not plugging in to the Giver of Life, you will power down.

My prayer is that this summer you wouldn’t just maintain, but you would go deeper in your walk with Christ than you’ve ever gone before. “We pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might” Colossians 1:10-11.

Here’s some practical ways to take responsibility for your spiritual walk and stay recharged this summer:

1. Commit to WEEKLY Worship (when at the cottage, find a church to worship at)
2. Plug into God’s WORD (Block out some daily Deck Time to read through Matthew, Mark, Luke or John)
3. PRAY in New Ways (1. prayer walk though your neighborhood and silently pray for your neighbors 2. take a nature hike, reflect on God’s creation and thank Him for His marvelous ways))
4. SERVE in New Area (Volunteer at Epic in a new area of ministry. Try Epic Explorers, 1st Impressions or the Set Up Team)
5. PROPEL Forward. (stay consistent and go deep with your propel partner)

When September comes, may your spiritual bars be at full strength!

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