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Growing Stronger in Life

by Robert J. Young
©, 2001, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

I like spring! What a beautiful time of year! The beauties of nature remind us of God's bountiful care and blessings. The world springs to life again!

This is a time to strengthen families. Graduation, Mother's Day, Father's Day, family vacations are before us. Too often when young people graduate, their motto is "good-bye God." Summer is an excellent time to plan family activities and spend time together. Each family needs the opportunity to witness the beauty of God and his holiness. Family prayer, devotionals, and study are often easier in the summer. Families find a normal bonding and closeness in the celebration of family holidays.

This is a time to strengthen the church. Wonderful things are possible in the Kingdom of God during the summer. Summer slumps are not necessary. Why should we not have a summer bump, hump, or jump? Lots of activities are immediately ahead. Youth activities can be easier during the summer months when school schedules and events do not interfere. Let us not lose the opportunity to strengthen the church.

This is a time to strengthen individual spiritual lives. With all of the beauty around us during summer and the warmth of the season, there are dangers to be avoided. Graduates want to celebrate, but care must be exercised and thought given as to how that celebration should occur. Individual spiritual lives cannot be strengthened apart from the fellowship of God's people. While time away is essential, this is not a season to forsake the assembly in favor of the campground or lake. Those interested in spiritual life honor God always. Summer is also a time when less clothing is needed, but modesty is always in order for God's child. Don't cause others to be tempted! Choose carefully. There is an appropriate attire as one consider where one goes, what one will be doing, and those whom one will be with.

This is a time to build the Kingdom of God. Remember who you are, whose you are, and wear the name of Jesus every day of the year--including summer.

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Last updated November 28, 2001.