“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:13
For college students like myself, the school year is drawing to a close. That (hopefully) means rest, refreshment, and reunion with people we love. We need that after 9 months of hard work. But summer break can actually be a dangerous time for us Christians. It’s easy to become lethargic when we’re free from our normal load of homework, exams, and extracurriculars. The truth is when our life starts to slow down, we need to keep our minds ready for action. Specifically, we should be aware of ourselves, of those around us, and of Christ.
Home feels safe. That means when we’re home we let our guard down. David was asking to be tempted when he sent his army off to war and loped around in his palace. What started as an innocent stroll on the palace roof led to adultery and murder. Does the phrase, “an idle mind is the devil’s playground,” come to mind? How about this verse from 1 Corinthians: “So if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”
In addition to guarding against temptation, we need to be looking out for the needs of others as well. Romans 12:10 says “Be devoted to one other in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Love should define everything we do. Whether we’re busy, bored, or tired we should make sacrifices for the sake of others. Practice random acts of kindness, and let the important people in your life know you appreciate them.
Finally, and most importantly, focus on Christ this summer. It’s easy– at least for me– to brush him aside when things are going well, but Christ has done so much for us, and we need his strength daily. Without Christ, it becomes impossible to guard against temptation or do anything meaningful for others. As Psalm 16:8 says, “I have set the Lord always before. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” God will not neglect us if we refuse to neglect him. Dive into God’s word this summer, and tell me if you are not blessed.