SUMMER HAS COME!!!! Can you tell I’m excited? It was a good school year, but quite an exhausting one. Never in my life have so many of my days been booked literally hour by hour. Between classes, YoungLife, projects, meetings, and homework, life has been crazy and I am certainly ready for a break. Is there anything quite like the feeling of having no homework to do or exams to study for? Nope.
So, every summer I find myself making goals for what I want to accomplish or do before the fall. Some people make New Year’s resolutions. Those are good, but let’s be real. How many of us actually maintain a resolution for 365 days? I’m typically out by day 6. I like the idea of summer resolutions because summer is a more manageable amount of time to work with. Also, there are less excuses during the summer. Most of us (college students) have quite a bit more free time during the summer. Granted you may be working an internship or some part-time jobs, but generally speaking you have less stress, fewer obligations, and some time to spare.
Among other goals, my “summer resolution” is to be in the Word more. Here are a few reasons why:
1. Scripture allows me to know God better.
If you want to get to know a friend better you spend time with them and you talk. Scripture is one way in which God speaks to us. If I want to get to know God better, how am I suppose to do that without reading his word?
2. Scripture teaches me how to live life.
“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.” Psalm 119:9
“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
If I want to live a God-honoring life, it seems impossible to maintain one with out keeping scripture at the forefront of my mind and heart.
3. We are told to.
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.” Joshua 1:8
“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2
Day and night. How would our lives change if we took this literally? It’s easy to see a quiet time as something we cross off our list of things to do in a day, but what if we stopped viewing it as a one-and-done type deal and saw it as something we incorporated into our lives both day and night? There are a lot of things we do day and night that are meaningless (i.e. social media, Netflix, etc.). What if we began filling that time with something that was actually meaningful?
4. I want to become more like Christ.
They say, “you are what you eat”. How about “you are what you watch?” This sort of plays off of #1. There are a lot of things competing for our attention and time and each of them effects our thought life to some degree. If I want to think and talk like Christ I need to fill my mind with his word.
“Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.'” 1 Corinthians 15:33
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20
The people we surround ourselves with have a large impact on our character and thinking. You’ve probably noticed yourself talking and acting like some of your closest friends. If Christians are to imitate Christ, we can’t expect to do this without “hanging out” with him. (I apologize for sounding like your youth pastor from the 90s.)
It’s easy at this age (college-aged) to put other things above spending time with Christ and in his word. But if our Relationship with God is to be the most important thing in our life, why is time spent in his word often the last thing on our minds? We could make the claim that we are too busy. Yeah college is busy, but if you’ve got time to scroll through Instagram for 15 minutes, I think you have time to spend 15-30 minutes reading the Bible. Is social media bad? Of course not, but if the time we spend looking at social media is more than the time we spend looking at his word, maybe we should rethink some priorities.
If you grew up in the church, the list above likely sounds like it came straight from Sunday school. I apologize. You might have this quiet-time thing down. That’s awesome. But after talking to many of my peers, it’s a common struggle for a lot of us.
Why not use this summer to make a change? Call it a summer resolution and make stuff happen.