Summer is a time when many of us experience a change in our routines. Kids and grandkids are out of school. We schedule vacations and look forward to summer activities. The days are longer, and we may work longer. There are summer concerts, summer picnics, summer sports, and many other events taking place. Summer is fun and it is a great time to enjoy all the blessings God has given us.
Although our routines may change in various ways during the summer, we should make sure our spiritual routines are not disrupted. We must guard our times of prayer and Bible reading. We must maintain our practice of helping people in need. We must not forsake the assembly of the saints. All of these routines and practices are essential to our spiritual formation and maintaining a healthy relationship with God. It may be difficult at times to continue our spiritual routines in the summer, but we must make sure we are prioritizing our devotion to God above everything else.
The greatest command is to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37). We show our love for God in many different ways, but one of the main ways is by our commitment to Him. We are faithful to God no matter the time or season. We should never neglect our relationship with God just because we get busy. If it were not for God, we would never be able to enjoy all the activities of summer (or any other season), and so we should take every opportunity to praise and thank Him.
Let me take this opportunity to say thank you for all of the calls, texts, and messages that we received since the passing of Mandy’s granny. Thank you for the flowers that were given for her service. Most importantly, thank you for your prayers. I’m reminded of Paul’s words in Romans 12:15 where he says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” Mandy and the family have been blessed by your prayers, and by your support. This past week, though trying, was another reminder of how blessed we are to be a part of the church family here in Jacksboro. Thank you for your love and willingness to mourn with us during this time. We love and appreciate you.