8 Ways to Waste Your Summer

Most students are out of class for the summer. Ah, sweet freedom! In the words of the Phineas and Ferb theme song,

There’s 104 days of summer vacation
And school comes along just to end it.
So the annual problem for our generation
Is finding a good way to spend it.

How to spend those precious summer month? What a dilemma. From my perspective, there are two possibilities. Action or Apathy. If you want to take the apathy route, here are 8 great ways to waste your summer.

  1. Dive into Media Quicksand:  Go ahead and waste your summer by spending ever increasing hours on xbox, Facebook, Netflix, Youtube, etc. By doing this you will lose contact with real people and effectively weaken the relationships that matter most. All while you could have built them up during the freedom of summer break. While we all use these avenues, moderation is key. Don’t sacrifice real relationships unintentionally!
  2. Cruise the Strip:  While there is some social interaction here, it is limited, and may include police officers. Plus, with the price of gas skyrocketing, cruising around town is not worth the small fortune it would take to maintain this summer activity. There are better ways to connect with friends who will build you up.
  3. Sleep-in:  Don’t get me wrong here. The absence of school makes it nice to get some extra shuteye. But if your alarm is set for noon everyday, you can kiss your summer goodbye. Don’t sleep away your freedom! This is the time to get up and make some memories.
  4. Skip Church:  With school out of session it is easy to lose your weekly routine. Don’t forget that church hasn’t stopped! Use the summer to spend more time, NOT LESS, with the people who positively impact you. Go to church camp, attend small groups, go hang out with your youth pastor! Take the summer to be a leader among your peers, not an absentee afterthought.
  5. Be Self-centered:  A great way to waste your summer is to think everything is about you and your sweet tan. Sure, go ahead and only do what fits in your schedule of self gratification and see who wants to join in. Instead, why not make the summer exceptional by volunteering at the local mission, visiting a nursing home, helping out your youth pastor. The more you give of yourself, the more you will receive. A summer of service will grow you in tremendous ways. A summer of self-centered living will be soon forgotten (along with that tan).
  6. Waiting on Mr./Ms. Beautiful:  With extra time on your hands, don’t fall to the temptation of becoming a Facebook stalker. Don’t mope around waiting for a call or text; trust God with your relationships. Take the summer to invest in your friendships that will last a lifetime, not a potential one time date of cheap pizza and a movie. Prioritize dating relationships in an age appropriate manner with a well balanced summer.
  7. Ignore your Spiritual Life:  The summer months are a unique time to grow spiritually. Ignore this fact if you want to waste your summer. You can build a habit of reading God’s Word first thing every morning. (even if its 9am!) During these months you can develop accountability with a small group in a very special way. Iron sharpens iron, so find time to make that happen. And don’t forget your prayer life. Make a list and follow through. Summer time is a great way to build off the momentum of church events and grow spiritually in your personal walk with Christ. Build the habits you will need when school begins (and all of life)!
  8. Avoid all Responsibility:  A summer where you don’t grow is a wasted summer. Take the next steps in your maturity by tackling responsibility, not avoiding it. Get a summer job, help out around the house, be a mentor for the kid down the street. When we embrace responsibility, more freedom is earned because we are mature enough to handle it. Check out Do Hard Things, by Alex and Brett Harris. It is a phenomenal book on rebelling against the low expectations for teenagers today.  Maybe this would be a good summer read!

Don’t waste your summer, make it count!  Remember 1 Cor. 10:31, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” So get out there and glorify God in the way you spend your summer vacation!

Your fellow worker in the field,  Adam

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