In case you haven’t noticed, which I’m sure you have, summer is finally upon us!
And I know each of us are looking forward to spending some much needed time in the sun (with the added bonus of that NC 100% humidity, of course). We do this because we all understand, at least at some level, that there should be seasons of hard work and seasons of rest. Both are important and both are God-given directives to be embraced.
We must however keep the two in balance. If we were to rest all of the time, then we would fall under the category of what the Bible calls “slothful.” The other extreme is to work hard incessantly. Neither is healthy if they are not kept in balance. We even embrace this balance in our Community Groups at Mercy Hill. We intentionally take the month of July off to rest!
Now, I know that many of you who are reading this are running on empty. You’ve had a thousand different things going on. You feel you can’t possibly juggle all of your responsibilities and commitments for a moment longer—whether it’s work, family, deadlines, or even Community Group. It could also be a plethora of other things. All you know is that you’ve been waiting for summer to come so you can slow this freight train down.
What I’d like to do with the rest (pun intended) of this post is to give you some tips on how to strike that balance; how to truly rest this summer while growing closer to those whom God has placed you in community with. My hope is that you will use these tips to formulate your summer “game-plan.”
- Use the Summer to Celebrate
Here’s something I can say with absolute confidence. God is at work, and he is still changing hearts and lives! Here’s something I can also say with equal confidence that often we are so focused on conquering the next hill that we forget the victories God has already won. I don’t know what you’ve been through this year, but I do know that God is good. With the times of relaxation that you find this summer, take time to reflect upon God’s grace. Celebrate all that he has done in your own life or in the lives of those you are close to.
- Use This Summer to Serve
Serve Saturday is coming up at the end of July. Serve Saturday is a great opportunity to meet real needs in our community in Jesus’ name. It’s also a great opportunity to deepen existing relationships and form new ones. On top of all of that, it’s a lot of fun and many of the serve opportunities are family friendly! We will announce all of the details about Serve Saturday in the coming weeks. For now, go ahead and block out July 29th on your calendar.
- Use This Summer to Sharpen
We have another round of Equip Seminars beginning July 10th. Equip Seminars are a great way to sharpen your intellect and to gain a deeper understanding of some really important topics including: Marriage and Family, Financial Peace, The Will of God, Defending the Faith in College, and How We Got the New Testament. Maybe you’ve wanted to do an Equip Seminar before but haven’t had the bandwidth. Use this summer to take advantage of this opportunity to grow in knowledge and understanding!
I hope this is helpful and that you all have a life-giving summer!
-Randy Titus (Community Groups Director)