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Summer Memories

Spring is coming quickly to a close. Summer cometh! Technically, summer doesn’t begin until June 22, but for my family, summer begins when the school bells stop ringing. There’s something nice and needed about a slower pace in summer. I always enjoy knowing that my wife and children have extra time to rest and play, and we all love getting away on some vacations.

Time flies. In many ways it seems like just last year when my wife and I brought our firstborn home to our house on Hickory Street in Clinton. I vividly recall rocking him as a baby, wondering and praying about what life for us would hold. Now he stands almost as tall as me.

Mom and dads, grandmas and grandpas, take some time this summer to make memories. I heard a man say years ago that wise people value people over possessions. What will you do in the next three months to invest time into the people who matter the most in your life?

One of the challenges of the modern world is what is called the tyranny of the urgent. Urgent things – like paying bills, responding to emails, and running to social functions – often crowd out important things like enjoying long talks with our family, praying with our children, or taking our family on a Saturday afternoon outing.

Spontaneity is great, and some great family moments happen unexpectedly. However, most things worth building are worth planning to build. The better prepared I am, the more likely I will be ready for those spontaneous moments when they do come.

Dads and moms, sit down sometime during the next week for an hour or so and map out a plan for your summer. I tend to think about three areas:

Plan fun outings. That may include out-of-town vacations, or it may simply involve local day trips. Go to a museum, waterfall, or state park. Plan ahead to take the family to some ballgames, movies, or concerts.  Last year we very much enjoyed our city’s Red White, and Blue July 4th Celebration. A simple online search for local events will offer many suggestions.

Read together as a family. Pick some quality literature to read as a family. Turn off the television, smart phone, and computer. Do what families did for centuries—read together.  Currently our family is reading biographies of Davy Crockett and Ronald Reagan.

Influence your family spiritually. The beginning of the summer is a great time to ask, “What will I do to impact my family for the Lord this summer?” I have found much help using the Family Night Toolchests from Focus on the Family. They provide simple, interactive family devotions and games around certain topics: the 10 commandments, basic Christian beliefs, the Proverbs, etc.  I have purchased all of mine used from Amazon.  One example is called the 10 Commandments Family Night Tool Chest.Get one and use it.

I know how easy it is to let my schedule get full and let too many opportunities slip by when I had nothing planned for my family. Prepare now, parents and grandparents! It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just start somewhere and do something.

Remember, you have just 18 summers. Make the most of them.

By: Rhett Wilson pastors The Spring Church in Laurens, South Carolina. His blog, Faith, Family, and Freedom, can be found at www.rhettwilson.blogspot.com.He enjoys doing life with his wife Tracey and their three children, Hendrix, Anna-Frances, and Dawson. He is currently working on a book called Seven Words to Pray for My Family.

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