As the school year comes to a close and summer is within reach, I’m sure we all say yippee! The pool is beckoning us. We are ready to leave behind, schedules, agendas, homework, and car line. Some of us love the summers; others are more apprehensive about how to fill the time. The days can at times get very long. I would like to offer a challenge to us moms- a goal of sorts.
Summer, for most of us is approximately 8 short weeks. I remember when I was in school we had at least 12 weeks. Summers are definitely shorter now. Not a lot of time. Add camps, VBS and vacations, and the time is gone. My challenge to you is to not fill up your days only with the pool, play dates and sleeping in. Let us purpose in our hearts to seize some part of the day to intentionally pour something eternal into our kids. Taking a little bit more time to till and plow their hearts. Taking advantage of not having to rush out the door or rush to bed.
Now, there are so many fantastic tools that can help you do this. Just visit your local Christian bookstore to find shelves stocked full. You can be creative. Have your kid/kids go through a Proverb a day and have some discussion time. Maybe you make the focus this summer on the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). My kids have spent the summer learning the various names of God. I made each one do a creative poster board at the end. Last summer with we walked through the 23rd Psalm and put it to memory. There are so many ideas. I’m sure most of you are way more creative than me. The point is not WHAT you do, but that you DO something. Even if you work outside the home, you can take advantage of the nighttime. Remember God is in the business of making MUCH of our LITTLE.
In his book Revolutionary Parenting, George Barna says “There will never come a time when I can satisfy God by saying, ‘Look, my church community did a great job leading my kids to embrace You and Your principles.’ As we have seen both the scriptures and experience of successful parents show that this is the job of the parents. Not that this is something I’d shy away from-I welcome the privilege- but it does require intentionality that has not been central on my calendar or my mind.”
The definition for intentional is ~done ON PURPOSE, intended.
The summer is a perfect time to be ON PURPOSE in shepherding your child’s heart. An exercise in futility some days for sure, but a promise to bring forth eternal fruit!
So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith. (Galatians 6:9)
Moms our mission field is not OUT THERE, it is those little ones under our feet, and tugging on our pants. Don’t grow weary. Seize the summer!!!!!!! Your “tan” can wait:)