Your Intentional Summer


By Rob Pifer

Any sports fans out there? We’ve recently seen the conclusion of both the NBA and NHL 2018-19 seasons, with the Toronto Raptors taking the NBA Championship and the St. Louis Blues taking Lord Stanley’s Cup. Both ironic and cool at the same time with Canada and USA winning the the other country’s national sport, and two teams winning their first championship. It's good stuff. Now we’re in the summer sports lull, eagerly awaiting the start of football season just a couple months away. We’ll see what FSU Baseball can offer us, but either way we’ll still find ourselves soon in the “in between” summer season.

Summer is like that though: it’s a time of transition. There’s a lot we can look back on and, at the same time, a lot to look forward to. We recently had a number of high school seniors graduate, and now they’re getting ready for the fall start on new a season of college and life in general. We also have students who have just finished up middle school and elementary school who are now gearing up for the uncharted territories of the next level of education. 

Maybe there’s something new for you on the horizon, or maybe you’re just welcoming in the rhythm of summer to catch your breath ahead of fall, which is just around the corner. Either way, I encourage you to take advantage of the summer season as a way to look back and remember ALL that God has done.

In 1 Chronicles 16 we see David’s song of thanks to the Lord, where in verse 12 he exclaims, “Remember the wondrous works he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered.” Let this be a wonderful reminder to you that as believers in Christ, there is a right way to look back. This verse reminds that, over and over again, we are to look back to remember all that God has done.

We’re also to look forward. To go with God. To step into the things He’s planned for us. The Apostle Paul reminds us of this in Philippians 3:13-14 when he says, “…But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” 

So let this summer season be filled with looking back to God in thankfulness, remembering His faithfulness to you and the great things He has done. As you look forward to the season ahead, look forward to God and what He will do.

Debbie Tanis