Have you ever noticed how the end of summer seems 1,000 times busier than any other time of year? Even if you are the type that uses summer to prepare for fall, the end somehow sneaks up on you as if it didn't happen the same time every year. With all the added pressure, it's no wonder the summer's end has many of us feeling the heat. If the August temps have you singing the end of summer blues, here are three great ways to help you beat the heat.
1. Rejoice-So you wasted all summer eating snow cones by the pool. Instead of beating yourself up over it, hang up your snorkel and rejoice! Thank God for a wonderful season of rest, adventure, or whatever the summer months were for you.
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will
for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
2. Reduce-It's okay if you don't get everything you wanted to do in before summer's end. You'll never be able to do everything you ever wanted to do so why not reduce your load and focus only on the things God has entrusted to you? Remember that His burden is light, so when we are heavy and weighed down, it's time to lighten our load and lift up Jesus!
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light
3. Refocus-I like to look at the end of summer as the beginning of limitless possibilities. More time spent in town means more opportunities to share God's love in new relationships and deepen the ones He has already blessed me with. Even if your personal schedule doesn't change all that much, the end of summer is still a great time to refocus on Jesus and ask Him to fuel you with vision and direction for the upcoming season. Remember that the God of the universe is directing your steps. Remain focused on Him so you don't miss out on why He has you where you are!
In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD
determines his steps (Proverbs 16:9).
The end of summer doesn't have to be the end of all happy times as you know them! Instead, try thinking of the end of summer as the beginning of a new season of awesomeness in your life with Christ as you rejoice in what He has done. Reduce your burdens so you are free to lift Him higher, and refocus on His plan and purpose for your life!
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