Summer Opportunities Abound

How’s your summer going? Have you been busy? What kinds of opportunities have you had? Have you served in a ministry? Participated in a missions project of some kind? Maybe Vacation Bible School or a community event? Is your schedule full? Are you running ragged? Or perhaps you’re at the beach—finally resting—feet propped up, sun block on, and cold lemonade in hand. Mmm, I can almost taste it. . . . Rest is a good thing, too! Wherever we find ourselves this summer, opportunities abound.

I love the summertime. It has a different feel. Feet in the sand, sun on our faces; even if we’re working, running errands, or taking care of others, we can sometimes sense an energy with more hours of daylight and time to take a few breaks.

The good news is that God created summers. They were His idea! He also made us in His image, which means that we can get creative, too. In the summer, we sometimes have a different schedule that lends itself to drawing out our creative side. We may have many different opportunities to choose from, or we can create some of our own! What have you been thinking about this summer?

I love to plan time with people—either inviting them over or planning an event or activity. Just being together in creative and meaningful ways can bring so much joy. Connecting our everyday lives to something God can use in amazing ways is such a blessing. Here are a few questions to think about:

  • What are you doing this week that you could invite someone else to?
  • What is something kind of normal to you that someone else might find fun, interesting, or new?
  • What is something you have always wanted to try that you could make space for this month? Could you do it with a friend?
  • What would it look like for you to connect your ordinary, everyday life to God’s divine purposes this summer?

Doing life together, connecting, creating, being active, having fun, and resting are all God’s ideas and are all a part of living lives on mission. May we all press in to find more of His plans for our lives this summer!

Share your stories of summer connections at LHarper@wmu.org.

Laura Harper is ministry consultant to adult audiences at WMU. She loves her family, coffee, chocolate, and all things missions.

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