For some of us, this time of year is the beginning of a new chapter. Some of us may have just graduated, others may have completed another semester being one step closer to their goal; some may be preparing to begin a summer of excitement with family and friends while some of us are gearing up to tackle multiple endeavors within our career. Regardless of what we may be preparing for naturally, we must remember to also prepare ourselves spiritually as our seasons change. The bible speaks on preparation in Ephesians as it relates to avoiding temptation,
Ephesians 6:11, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can fight against the devil’s evil tricks.” We live in a culture where as soon as the heat index increases, there becomes a scarcity of clothing and common sense which is the perfect platform for the enemy. Proverbs also speaks about avoiding foolishness by “preparing in the summer.”
Proverbs 5-8, “Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler. Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” Not only do we need to be responsible for our actions this summer, but we should try to be productive and make strides towards short term goals. So this summer, let’s be accountable and fruitful on purpose!
During this summer if you do plan to enjoy a few months of rest, stay connected to a local church home! Jesus does not take breaks with us, so let us give Him consistent reverence. Not only because He deserves it, but because WE benefit from staying connected to the body of Christ. I have learned that it is easier for friends to help us with accountability when we allow them to. Not only that, but the local church consists of overseers, those who are to be responsible for and accountable to the flock.
Hebrews 13:17, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls and will give an account for their work. Let them do this with joy and not with complaints, for this would be no advantage for you.” Not only should we seek accountability this summer, but understand that we have valuable responsibilities within the body of Christ.
My mentor, who lives a pretty structured and organized life, gave me probably some of the best spiritual advice anyone could give during this spiritual journey. In any situation, “Go to the Word.” When preparing to be accountable and dodge the curve balls of this summer, go to the Word for your strength and weaponry but also for planning to tackle a few summer endeavors! Use God’s best tangible line of defense. His unbending, unshakable and never failing word will assist us in keeping steadfast as we conquer our summer adventures and face unforeseen obstacles. So, let us begin this journey together and have a summer full of JOY all while maintaining our sacred relationships with He who makes it all possible. We got this sis, we are TAKING THE SUMMER !