Enjoying Your Summer

6 Areas to Build This Summer

This is a message that I preached in chapel to help our students prepare for the summer months. The principles in it would be good for all of us.

1. Schedule

Proverbs 6:6-11
6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

Don’t sleep in!

Have a daily walk with God.

Be faithful in church attendance.

2. Uphold

Ezekiel 22:30
And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

Proverbs 4:23
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Cell phones:

  • 10 minutes a day of talk and text
  • Never use in a room alone
  • Never use a cell phone to call the opposite gender
  • Give it to your parents every night by 10:00 p.m.
  • Don’t take it to camp
  • Don’t bring it into church!
  • Give it to your parents permanently if you stumble


Stay accountable.

Never watch TV without supervision.

Don’t access a computer without supervision.

Don’t access the internet without a safeguard.

3. Ministry

Hebrews 10:25
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Attend everything—Sunday school, morning service, evening service, midweek service, youth activities, camp—everything!

Develop a walk with God.

Determine how much Bible reading and prayer you will do each day.

Scripture memorization:

  • Use 3x5 cards
  • Work on the verses you know

Serve on a bus route; get involved!

4. Mature

Luke 2:52
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

Read at least one book this summer!

Learn something new.


5. Employment

Proverbs 26:13-16
13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.
14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.
15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.
16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

Get a job!

Learn to work!

Save 80% of each paycheck.

Set goals in this area.

6. Relationships

Ephesians 6:1-3
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

Don’t date as a teenager.

Enjoy your family!

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