5 Hard Things to Do This Summer

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This article was first published on the Rebelution blog, where you can read it in its entirety.

When we’re caught up in Rebelutionary living and striving to do big, hard, risky things, it’s easy to forget the why.

Why leave our comfort zones?

Why live radically?

Why do hard things?

Because Jesus breathed life into our dead souls (John 5:24) and calls us to live for his glory (1 Corinthians 15:49).

This gospel characterizes the Rebelutionary. It breeds radical intentionality. In a lazy and lethargic generation, it brands our lives with purpose.

And this Christ-empowered purpose is a year-round mission. As the earth tilts its way into summer, I can’t think of a better time to start living for Christ than now.

Here are five ways to spend your summer intentionally for him:

1. Read God’s Word every day.

We can’t live intentionally without immersing ourselves in the commands and promises and truths of God. We can’t rebel against low expectations without studying how Jesus lived counterculturally. Reading Scripture is vital, and reading it every day is a beautiful way to spend our summer.

So set aside ten or twenty or forty-five minutes, and start reading the Bible as it was meant to be read. Read it like a book—from one cover to another, from Genesis to the maps at the end.

“O how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day… Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:97, 105).

2. Take on a challenge.

Last summer, I decided to write more. I challenged myself to write 500 words every day. My July afternoons were spent typing articles and scribbling thoughts into my journal. The challenge stretched me, grew me, and equipped me.

Scripture is brimming with examples of young people who faced challenges. Just as God tested David and Jeremiah and Daniel and Mary and Timothy, he wants to train us for a life pleasing to him.

So try writing every day. Run a mile each morning. Read more books. Or take on the summer challenge of delving deeper into God’s Word.

3. Build Relationships.

Few things shape a young person more than their friends (Proverbs 13:20). Usually, this truth is a warning to choose our companions wisely. But there’s another angle here.

What type of friend are we?

Do we carve out time for relationships? Do we speak truth into our peers’ lives? Are we a healthy example of a godly friend?

Why not use our summer days to edify our friends? Go for ice cream. Head to the pool. Schedule a weekly Bible study. And all the while, pour gospel truth into their lives.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom…” (Colossians 3:16a)

Finish reading this article at TheRebelution.com.

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