Summer is my favorite season. I love the laid back days when Nellie is off from school and we can put aside some of the normal routines of life. We get a chance to do new things, see new places, go on vacation, go boating, go swimming, just get out and do a little bit of nothing and be a little extra lazy.
It’s hard to beat the two week vacation we took to Hawaii last summer just Nellie and I. But this year we are going to get to go on a whole family vacation with my side of the family to North Carolina, and then later in the summer, we are taking the kids and going to Myrtle Beach for a week. And I can only assume that with the way that Brady eats everything he touches, he will be eating a lot of sand this summer.
But really, vacations are great. Summers can be a great time to get away and relax a little bit. To put the cares and the stresses of everyday life behind us for a while and just sit back and breathe at times. And we all need times like that in our lives. Times when things aren’t so hectic, and we can just slow down and get out of the normal routine of everyday life and rest a bit.
But, even though summer can be a great time to relax, it can also be a dangerous time of breaking good habits. Certain routines are good. You see, good routines make sure that the important things in life get done. We need food and sleep at regular intervals. And when it comes to our spiritual health, certain “routines” would be considered beneficial as well.
Now, we sometimes hear legitimate warnings about allowing routines to turn into meaningless ruts. But the Bible indicates that having set times for certain things is good. In Psalm chapters 5 and 143 David indicated that morning was the right time for him to praise God and ask for His direction. And in Daniel 6:10 we learn that Daniel prayed three times a day, and not even the threat of death made him change his routine. So, while we don’t want our routines to become a meaningless rut, it is good to have healthy routines that point us to God.
So, this summer, while enjoying carefree days, we must not become careless about spending time with God. Make sure you take time to study His word. Make sure you are still communicating with Him through prayer. And wherever your summer takes you, find a good church and attend. Whether here in Sciotoville, or in Hawaii, or Myrtle Beach, or Florida, or Disney World, make sure that you don’t neglect meeting together for worship.