Summer . . . the warm weather comes and much of what we count as a typical schedule the rest of the year gets put to the side until fall comes. It's the time of vacations and fun in the sun.
It's also a time that many of us struggle to maintain our walk with God. Without the regular Bible studies and prayer times with other Christians, it becomes easy to just let things slide.
But, the hits that we sometimes take in life don't stop in summer. And when they come, we need to be spending regular time with God. It's when those times come that we realize how far we've drifted and what we may need to do to get back.
The good news is, it doesn't have to be like this. It can be much different, but we have to decide ahead of time it will be different. We have to have a plan in place. Just as regularly scheduled activities the rest of the year keep on track, we need to put things in place for the summer that will help us do the same thing.
So, what can we do? How do we keep ourselves intentionally connecting with God over the summer?
1) Schedule it
Yes, the dreaded word . . . schedule. Like most things in life, it's not going to happen if you don't schedule it. Set aside a time to spend with God every day. The time doesn't matter - what matters is that you schedule it.
2) Guard it
Once you schedule it, guard that time. Don't let other things get in the way. Tell those you need to that you're unavailable during that time.
3) Share it
One of the most important parts of continuing to grow in your walk with God is sharing it with others. For me, when I share it, it gets deeper into my heart and mind when I tell others what God is showing me.
Find a friend or two that you can share it with. It doesn't have to be in a formal setting, but find a way to make it happen. It could be at the beach or on a camping trip. Or over iced tea in the backyard. Whatever it looks like, share it with others. It will keep you digging and help what you have seen to deeper.
Summer doesn't have to mean that you go backwards in your walk with God. You can continue to go deeper even when all the things you regularly do have stopped.
These guidelines apply to more than just summer. They apply to all of life. If we want our relationship with God to grow, we have to be intentional about it. It won't just happen.