Right now you’re probably drowning in an ocean of final papers, exams, and lots of coffee. Perhaps, you have just made it out of this ocean and have finished the semester. Either way you’re probably dreaming of a much different ocean, one where you can sit on the warm beach sand and breathe in the salty air. Summer is near, and you can taste it. The much desired rest you have craved for the past semester is so close, but this rest will leave you empty unless it is found first in the Lord.
Regardless of where you find yourself this summer, your rest is in the finished work of Jesus Christ. Whether you are a new Christian going home to no community or sticking around for the summer, this can be a time where you learn to lean on the goodness of the Lord rather than enter into a spiritual slump.
Here’s how you can avoid the summer slump:
1. Dive Daily into Scripture
If our rest is found in the Lord, then it is magnified when we deeply know who he is and what he has done. God has graciously revealed himself to us in his word. This summer, commit time every day to reading the Bible, asking God to show you more of who he is. As he does, praise him that you have the privilege of knowing him. Time is on your side. Whenever you think to pick up your phone and scroll through photos of what your friends are doing this summer, throw it across the room (just kidding) and open up your Bible. What you find in the sweet pages of Scripture will satisfy you much more than envying your friend’s trip to Hawaii.
For help on how to read your Bible check out this article: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/5-steps-to-meditating-on-your-bible
2. Be a Missionary Wherever You Are
For some of you, going home for the summer means leaving the community you have at school and living with your families who do not know Jesus. Some of you will have jobs and internships where you are surrounded by people who are not believers. In the book of Esther, we see a woman who God strategically placed that she may be a vessel for the Jews to be saved. Esther 4:14b says, “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” So, college student, I ask you, “Who knows whether you have not come to wherever you are this summer for such a time as this?” Could it be that the Lord has placed you somewhere this summer that you may see salvation?
Check out this article on how to be a witness wherever you are: https://www.imb.org/2016/10/26/share-the-gospel-with-post-everything-people/
3. Seek Out Gospel-Centered Community
We were created to live in community. God himself exists in the triune Godhead of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. If God lives in community, we should live in community. If you are in search of a gospel-centered community at home or wherever you are, we would love to help you find a local church that preaches the gospel. And maybe you can even join a small group for the summer. You should rest in the Lord alongside other believers who will point you to the truth of the gospel when you are prone to forget. Allow others to pray for you and point you to Scripture. If you need help finding a church, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use this summer to rest, both physically and spiritually!
-Greta (2-Year College Resident)