Summer is a time for swimming pools, cookouts, & lots of sun-screen, but can be a time of refreshing season of preparation as well. God created summer as a time of growth & new life. How we prepare for & enjoy our summer can set us up for a God-blessed rest of the year as we ‘harvest’ or reap what we have sown this summer. Here are some thoughts from Clark Mitchell & some discussion questions set up for you to use with your family, group, or business associates for some great discussion around creating No Ordinary Summer.
MIXER QUESTION: What was your favorite summer-time activity as a kid? What is it now?
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15,16 (NIV)
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15,16 (NKJV)
So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! Eph 5:15-16 (Message)
1. Paul challenges us to be careful, walk circumspectly, or watch your step…what does that look like in your home life and/or your work life knowing that the ‘days are evil?”
In Genesis 24, we learn about Abraham sending his most trusted servant to find a wife for his son from his homeland. The prayers of the servant are recorded as a model for how we are to implement our Master’s plans as well.
Then he prayed, “LORD, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.” Genesis 24:12
Some tips on Implementing the Master’s plans…
1. Determine your PRESENT SITUATION.
2. Be SPECIFIC about what you want to ACCOMPLISH.
3. Know what God SAYS.
4. Ask God for SUCCESS.
5. Identify your ROADBLOCKS.
6. Create a STEP – BY – STEP Plan.
APPLICATION: Spend some time this week writing down your SUMMER PLANS based on these 6 tips. Creating “No Ordinary Summer” will not be easy, but it WILL BE worth it!
Level 2 Application…Share your plans briefly here and open it up for discussion to have the community help you create the step by step plans!