Summer is in full swing, the sun is hot, the pool is cool and our hopes are high. The end of school always brings anticipation, bucket lists and hopes for memories of a lifetime. Vacations, popsicles, boats, beaches, barbecues, air conditioning and lemonade fill up summer. Usually not even 2 days in the temptation creeps in. In addition to the joy, celebration and relaxing, it is not uncommon for summertime to make provision for temptation to creep into our lives in many ways. Things like the temptation to be lazy and sleep in every morning, to be slothful and lounge around all day or sometimes to sneak out of our homes, wear immodest clothing, spend too much alone time with a certain guy, or loosen our language. Yes, all of these temptations rear their head at inopportune moments and sometimes pop up out of nowhere. 

While we should not make provision for any sin in our life, during summer we must be on guard and protect our hearts.  The list of temptations above might just be scratching the surface but the desire for any of those things is rooted in discontentment in the Lord. Sin is tempting to us because we don’t believe that Jesus is who He says He is and will do the work that He says He will do. Everyday we need to remind our hearts and reset our mind to focus on Christ.

Instead of filling your bucket list with the number of roller coaster rides, movies watched and dollars spent focus your mind on things above. Set goals that feed your heart and are eternally focused. Find an older lady to mentor you, read a Christian book with your friends, memorize a chapter of a book in the bible, or build relationships with family members. Do not allow sin to reign and trick you into its trap in the summer months.

While the summer heat brings many things don’t let it tempt you to fall into bad habits. Use this time over the summer to look for opportunities to prepare your heart and grow your faith. Now is a great time to strengthen your soul and refine your convictions before you return to school and the busyness of fall.

How do you spend your time over the summer? Have you set any goals or set out to so some specific things? What are you looking forward to in the coming weeks?