Four ways to make the MOST out of your summer.

We are now a few weeks into summer break. I love the fact that my kids are home and I love the memories that we make each summer. But what if we made this summer different? What if instead of another summer just going by we actually made the most of this summer. There are four ways you can make the most of your summer…

1. Meet new people.

Summer is a great time to reach out of your comfort zone and meet someone new. There are more new people moving to your community in the summer than any other time of the year. What a great time to reach out to those that are new in your neighborhood and help them build relationships soon after moving to town. Also, it is a great time to meet someone who has lived in your town for a while that you don’t really know. People are open and looking for things to do in the summer.

How can you get to know people? What works best for you? Some examples that have worked well for me is to invite them to your house for dinner, invite them to meet you at the zoo, park, or somewhere else in your area. The point is take the time to meet new people.

2. Open your eyes

Most people tend to “get lazy” in the summer. I want to encourage you to make the most of the summer by opening your eyes to the needs around you. Take time to slow down and meet the needs that you come in contact with. Look for opportunities to represent Christ everywhere you go. Do whatever it takes to get rid of the tunnel vision that we often get into with the busyness of the school year.

What are some opportunities to represent Christ that exist? Mow the lawn for your neighbor or go shopping for an elderly person. Use your imagination and open your eyes to the needs of people in your town.

3. Show up

Often, our “laziness” in summer effects our attitude toward church. It’s easy to go to the beach or lake on a hot Sunday morning or skip mid-week bible study or your small group because there’s so much to do and so little time and you want to make sure to make summer count. Christ wants to be first in our lives all year long! It’s during summer that this gets put to the test the most.

4. Tell a Friend

Showing up is great… showing up with a friend is even better! They can’t use the excuse I have homework, practice or that they have to get their kids in bed early because of school. Use summer as an opportunity to invite your friends or the new people that you meet to church with you. It is a great time to introduce them to your church as your church gears up for great things as summer comes to an end.

Whatever your plans include this summer make sure to make the MOST of your summer this year.

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