Summer’s already started and whether or not you realize it, you’re beginning to set patterns that will set the course for how you spend the next three months. Who you hang out with, where you work, how late you stay up, when you wake up, what priorities you remember, and which you forget. It’s too easy to waste your whole summer focused on yourself, doing an internship for your resume, and hanging out with the friends you like, so it’s important to step back now and find a way to make your summer count. One way to do this is service.
I know it’s easy to feel like you can’t make an impact by serving, because you’ll only be around for a few months. Honestly, it’s good to be humble and realize that, but it’s wrong to use it as an excuse to spend your time selfishly. Plug into a church, serve in their children’s ministry or student ministry. Find a local non-profit and volunteer a few hours a week.
Do it because it’s what’s best for yourself. Christ told his disciples that their joy would be fullest when they loved and served one another sacrificially, not when they only took care of themselves. We’ve all had lackluster summers that wasted away; trust Christ’s wisdom and make this a summer that flourishes.