One of the problems of the Christian life, however, is that we can easily forget just how refreshing it is supposed to be. We can still allow the pressures and burdens of this life to get us down. We can even allow the activity of the church and the various works with which we are involved to take up so much of our energy that we get down… or sometimes even burned out. How tragic this is! Of course this ‘burn out’ as the world calls it is caused because we have failed to stay plugged in to the ultimate power source… Jesus Christ. We have failed to connect with him in a way that continually sustains and continually refreshes.
I always try to make Summer time a time of refreshing for me. It is a time when I try to sit back after a busy Spring and reflect, dream and think about my own faith and the faith of those with whom I minister. Last week the family and I went up to Nashville for a conference at Lipscomb University and for a time of refreshing. What a blessing it was to hear great messages from some terrific preachers who challenged me and spurred me to greater spiritual growth. Next week, we are going to try to get away for a few days just for some fun and relaxation. We all need these periods of “down time.” If you haven’t sought any spiritual refreshing this Summer, let me challenge you to do so. With school starting so early these days, most of us only have a few weeks left! Here’s a few ideas…
- Read a book that will challenge you spiritually.
- Go to a conference or lecture series.
- Read through a Biblical book that you haven’t read in a while.
- Listen to a sermon from someone other than me on the internet (check below for some suggestions...)
- Get away for a few days of retreat and reflect on what God is doing in your life.
- Do something different to challenge yourself spiritually.
Summer will grind to a halt soon enough and we will all be back in the groove of work, school, and activity… take advantage of every opportunity to be refreshed by God’s Word!
Listen online to great messages from preachers I have listened to...
Maury Hills Church of Christ, Columbia, TN
University Church of Christ, Tuscaloosa
Providence Road Church of Christ, Charlotte, N.C.
Highland Church of Christ, Abilene, TX
Richland Hills Church of Christ, Dallas, TX
Rochester Church of Christ, Rochester, MI
Lomax Church of Christ, Hohenwald, TN