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Summer Inventory

07.16.19 | Michael's Corner | by Michael Ten Eyck

    It is hard to believe that the summer is nearly halfway over.  For most students and some teachers, this is a very troubling fact.  As I pulled the June page off of my office calendar, I was shocked at how fast the summer has gone.  

    At the beginning of each summer, I create a list of projects that I want to complete around our home.  As the June calendar page fell towards the waste basked I had a new sense of urgency (and stress) to address my to-do list.  If I am going to accomplish my summer goals I am going to have to be diligent with the time I have remaining.  

    Psalm 90 tells us to number our days so that we may gain wisdom.  Solomon also speaks to this theme in the book of Proverbs…
     Proverbs  6:6-11
     Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.
      Without having any chief,  officer, or ruler,
       she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.
      How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?
      A little sleep, a little slumber,  a little folding of the hands to rest,
      and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.  ESV

    This principle is also true with our spiritual walk.  It is critical that we continually evaluate and review our spiritual goals and make adjustments or recommitments as needed. 

    Teachers often complain that summer is a time of learning atrophy.  I have heard it said that the first part of the school year in the fall is spent relearning many of the things that had slipped away over the summer.  I have also heard pastors comment of the same phenomena in church life. While summer is a time for refreshing and renewal, for family vacations and enjoyment of outdoor adventures, we must take care not to let our spiritual growth take a back seat during these wonderful times.  

    Some simple ways that we can guard against this are to join a small group or bible study.  Plan a family devotional at the dinner table. Go for a prayer walk with a brother or sister in Christ.  If you are still stuck, set up a coffee with your pastor!  

    The truth is that summer is a wonderful time of refreshing and deepening of relationships.  I hope that you will take a few moments and take inventory of how your summer is going. In that inventory, consider your walk with Christ.  Set some goals…and grow. You will be so glad you did! 

    Loving you all,

    Michael