BY STEVE DUNN
Note: I wrote this a couple of weeks ago but forgot to post it. Summertime. – STEVE
Summer officially began a week ago. Cool mornings and sunshine. Later in the day, hot breezes and the sound of lawn mowers and children at play. At night, fairs and festivals and baseball games. And sometimes thunderstorms rolling in to rock the night and mess up your satellite TV reception. Dips in the pool and Dairy Queen runs. The smell of backyard barbecues and colorful boom of fireworks.
Although I don’t like the dryness and heat that accompany summertime, I love the season. If I allow myself to shift gears mentally, summer often brings more freedom and spontaneity to my days. If I have some money left over after all the bills, I might even manage a vacation somewhere.
This summer I have only a part-time job working for my seminary (to read more about my seminary click WINEBRENNER) Half-time means 20-25 hours, basically three days a week. Although it will be tight this summer financially, I never had a summer when I had four days a week off. A day to do household things and pay the bills–but still with three more days at my discretion and Gods’ prompting.
I am. however, a planner. I make lists, and keep a paper planner. I enjoy the thrill of checking things off those lists because I take energy from knowing that I have done something useful, even if half the list or more is yet to be done.
There is a danger in overplanning. It’s called overdoing. And overdoing is antithetical to resting, relaxing and refreshing. So my plans this summer are simply–more aimed at enjoying and stretching my boundaries. Here is my short list.
* Finish unpacking and hanging the last of the pictures on the wall. We have only loved in this house for eight months, but there are still boxes in the garage to be unpacked. We have some great pictures that bless no one in a box.
* Spend more time with Dianne, being in one another’s presence and enjoying one another’s company. It helps that see in willing to watch the Mlb Channel with me.
* Work on that mystery novel that has lain dormant on legal pads for too many years.
* Spend more time alone with God and His Word.
Do you have a list? Summertime has a way of disappearing for those forget that “to everything there is a season …” So ENJOY your summer.
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