Summer Survival Guide

My oldest son, Rick, is graduating in ten days from the University of Florida. He is coming home to raise his support to be an intern back at UF next year. Last week over Easter, he met with a old college buddy for his first support appointment. That will be the first of many such conversations with his Christian friends. Every summer he has been able to grow in his faith and be involved in various Christian groups and activities. But not everyone involved in our ministries has such close networks.

The first page of the “More Than a Summer Survivor” feature of GodSquad reads:
“Let’s face it. Summers can pose a major challenge to our faith and obedience to Christ. Summers can be:

  • a very spiritually isolating time because you are away from the environment and friends that have helped you grow spiritually this past school year
  • dangerous time to your faith and your future
  • or they can be a great experience as you see your faith tested and increased and take some key steps on your own (1 Peter 1:17)

“What makes the difference. The decisions you make now can put you in a position of advantage and strength as you go into the summer. As a Christian, we can embrace challenges the summer brings because we recognize the opportunity to trust God in new ways and see our faith grow in ways that we would have never seen otherwise.”

The “More Than a Summer Survivor” guide provides perspective and resources to help make the difference. The introductory article of the survival kit

tells about three essentials with practical helps and further resources:

  • self-discipline
  • the right fellowship
  • daily time with God and His Word

Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Concerted and consistent time in God’s Word will change our lives. Abraham Heschel writes in God in Search of Man, “The Bible is the frontier of the spirit where we must move and live in order to discover and to explore. It is open to him who gives himself to it, who lives with it intimately.”

Jeff Bridgforth, GodSquad Webmaster, has a great Bible study on the survivor page of GodSquad. This study of the book of Nehemiah

reveals principles about prayer, faith and personal leadership, just what our campus leaders need to take into next year. Other available resources that you can offer include:

Let’s do the best job we can to prepare all of our students to grow in Christ this summer.

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