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A Summer Reminder

I love the summer.

It wasn’t always this way.

In fact, there are still times where the heat is super annoying, and the fact that if I watch the weather too close on TV I’ll sunburn, nevertheless out in the actual sun, but now that I have kids--I love the summer.

Swimming, fishing, boating, pretty much anything with water (due to the heat) are the things that I love the most.

I guess, in fairness, I don’t love the summer, I love spending the time with my family--and shooting them with water guns.

However, like with most other things, summer can get out of control in a hurry. Vacations, sporting events, camps, and all kinds of other activities can quickly gobble up our time.

But I’ve been reading the Historical Reading Plan in the Bible App and I came across this passage in Psalms 46. It’s a passage I’ve read probably dozens of times, and I’m sure I’ve seen it printed on coffee cups and t-shirts, but Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” Now everybody wants to stop the passage there, but look at what it says next, “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

I’d never realized this before, but it’s when we’re still that God is glorified. Why? Because the rest of the world isn’t. It sets us apart. While everyone else is running around chaotic and out of control, as Christians, we are salt and light.

Although we may have multiple things going on, we should so distinguish ourselves from the rest of the world by our unexplainable peaceful and calm attitudes that people are compelled to ask, “What makes you so fun? How come you’re not pulling your hair out on vacation? What makes you so relaxed?”

So yes, go have fun this summer! Yes enjoy all the cool gifts God has given us to play with! But always make sure you’re helping people see the Gospel. Help people see they can have life and have it to the full, but only when they’re in a relationship with Jesus.

Just a summer reminder...