Oh, how I love summer! I have big hopes for the rest that summer will bring. I made long lists of the goals that summer will complete.
But why do I also fear summer?
I fear that the relaxation that summer brings will not be enough. I fear that the lists I made will go largely unchecked. I feel the pressure of not doing everything and the desire to simply do nothing.
How can I live this summer, with these hopes and lists, if I walk around in fear that summer simply won't be enough?
The answer: make Jesus my enough.
"For I am convinced that neither life nor death, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Roman 8:38-39)
The truth is, whatever happens this summer, be it long trips, sun-filled afternoons, or more work than anticipated, Jesus' love is enough for us.
Before we've crossed off any of the activities on our lists or completed any of our goals, before we've met with any of our friends or staffed any summer camps, before we've done anything this summer, Jesus has made it sufficient because He is sufficient. This summer is already saturated in the love of Jesus, and what more could we ask for?
"Who then is the one that condemns? Christ Jesus who died-- more than that, who was raised to life-- is at the right hand of the throne of God and is also interceding for us. Who then shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or the sword?" (Roman 8:35)
So as we enter into this fabulous time of year, let us not let our hopes and lists get in the way of living in the love of Christ. Let's us plan our days with the full assurance that the love of God has made this summer satisfied, saturated, and sufficient.
What are your plans for the summer? I want to hear all about them!
As for me, I am working as a student intern at my church's youth ministry! I am STOKED for this opportunity to encourage and disciple the students this year even as God encourages and disciples me. I'm also teaching a summer intensive ballet program at my studio and training at the studio myself. And I want to grow this little blog and get to know y'all even more (expect an email sometime in the future). Oh, and I'm EIC of the local Odyssey team (see my post about that here). And I want to bake, craft, decorate, travel, read, write, watch television, take a clep test, plan for the upcoming school year, and rest. (whew)
As you can see, I have many hopes and lists for the summer, but I cling to these words from 1 John 4:16:
"And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them."