Don’t Waste Your Summer

Theologian Jonathan Edwards
Theologian Jonathan Edwards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s summer time, or almost. Most college students have completed their spring semester, finals are in the rearview mirror, and high school seniors are eagerly awaiting graduation. Summer jobs are beginning and many college-age young adults are looking forward to relaxing and catching up with friends during the sweet summer time.

Sadly, however, many college students will waste their summer. Sure they may relax, make a few bucks, and enjoy great times with their friends, but August will roll around and many will wonder, “What did I do all summer?” If your list is dominated by 3 a.m. bedtimes, Family Guy marathons, video games, and The Hangover III (can’t believe we need three of these movies) then sorry, you wasted your summer.

Now, I don’t want to be Reverend No-Fun and tell you all to not engage in late nights and sleeping in till noon; just don’t do it every night and day. Summer is a great opportunity for young adults to work hard during summer internships to receive valuable experiences to complement their academic work and to earn money to pay for the upcoming school year. However, even these experiences can be wasted.

Have you ever thought about making the summer of 2013 one of the most spiritually enriching summers of your life? When you return to school in the fall and people ask “How was your summer?” what if you shared the amazing things God did in your life through your time in the Scripture, prayer, a cup of coffee with a seasoned saint in your church?

Jonathan Edwards, the American pastor and theologian from the eighteenth-century, is famous for his “Resolutions.” He penned seventy purpose statements to focus his life and pursue holiness in the Christian life. Steven Lawson organizes the resolutions into six main categories (The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards, 25-45):

  1. Pursuing the Glory of God
  2. Forsaking Sin
  3. Making Proper Use of God-Allotted Time
  4. Living with All His Being for the Lord
  5. Pursuing Humility and Love
  6. Making Frequent Self-Examination

The first resolution sets the stage for the rest:

“1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.”

Allow me to implore you to consider making a list of your own personal resolutions. Make Edwards’ first resolution yours and seek God’s glory this summer. Get involved in your local church, read more books of the Bible than you watch movies, and read at least one book to encourage your spiritual growth. Also consider taking an older member of your church out for a cup of coffee (you may have to get out of bed before 1 p.m. for this). You will hear stories of God’s grace and faithfulness you never could have imagined.

Resolve to not waste your summer and by His grace may you use it for the glory of God and your personal good.

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