If you know me personally, you know summer is my least favorite time of year. All the things I love about living in Orlando—al fresco dining, a great parks district, outdoor movies, long walks—lose their luster in the Florida heat. Summer leaves me dreaming of chilly Winter days, oversized lattes, and snow-capped mountains. And all this longing for a climate out of my grasp can leave me a bit blue. It's a bit like reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Still, everywhere I look on the internet these days I notice people bemoaning the end of summer. While children may already be preparing to return to school, summer is not nearly over. The Labor Day holiday is over a month away and the first day of Fall isn't until September 22. While the chill in the air might start to return to most of the country much sooner than it does here (I'll count myself exceedingly blessed if the heat has diminished at all by October) there's still a lot of summer left to enjoy.
If you haven't made the most of summer yet or are concerned about the remaining days ticking away, why don't you evaluate what is left of this season? Below are some practical tips for maximizing what you're already doing and being missional in the remaining days of summer:
Regardless of how you feel about this season, there are still 52 days of summer left. That's plenty of time to be intentional, live on mission, and make the most of every extra ounce of daylight. I'd love to hear in the comments below how you're being missional this summer.
Joy is a missionary to Downtown Orlando with her husband, Jason, and drool covered Bassett Hound, Sam. She has a degree in Church Leadership and a passion for church planting born through years of experience. She teaches women how to intersect their faith and life through intentional missional living at joybrudolph.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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8/4/2014 12:05:20 pm
How practical! Many times people have no idea how to reach out. This is so helpful. Great ideas!
8/6/2014 01:22:14 pm
Thank you for this great reminder that we still have a lot of summer left. Time management is all about being intentional, isn't it? This summer, I have been trying to leave things more open so that I am available for God to use me for His purposes. I have had a few opportunities to be a blessing to others in one way or another. I am so thankful when He uses me for His glory. Thanks for the post!
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