July is nearly over and, for many people in our communities, that means that schedules will soon fill up and free-time will shrink as school, programming, and sports begin. Here are a few things you should do with your final weeks of summer.
- Take an impulse trip
Take advantage of the last month or so of summer, grab a few friends, and take a weekend trip to somewhere you haven’t been before. Time on the road with friends creates some amazing memories, and will make your summer much more memorable than if you spent your weekends at home watching TV. Not having much money doesn’t mean you can’t travel. Lifehacker has several excellent tips on how to travel cheaper. Grab a map, pack up, and get rolling.
- Read the book you’ve been meaning to read
Or, maybe just read any book. Reading is a great way to take your life to the next level, experience things you wouldn’t otherwise experience, learn quickly and easily, challenge your brain, and relax on a sunny afternoon. I can’t recommend highly enough using some of your extra time to read scripture. Several of the guys in my community and I started at 6-month Bible read through a couple weeks ago. I’m loving it.
If you’re looking for more good reading, maybe these will point you in the right direction:
- 7 best business books for summer reading
- Albert Mohler’s Books for the summer season
- Two books I’ve been loving this summer are Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings and Mike Breen’s Leading Kingdom Movements (ebook)
- Meet some new people
Especially here in Fargo, summer is the time when people are out on the streets and interacting with each other. Use the rest of your summer as a chance to get out and meet a few new people. Within Threshingfloor we believe that one of the most powerful way evangelism happens is through relationships, and God’s gospel can’t spread if we aren’t intentionally meeting new people. Go spend some time at a park, join a softball league, or start looking for a fall sports league to get in on. Meet some new people!
- Serve someone
Another way to meet people and fulfill Christ’s call on his disciple’s lives to be servants of all is to spend some time serving. Find a place where volunteers are needed on a regular basis and get in the rotation, and bring some friends with you. It’s a great way to get to know each other better while doing good and demonstrating the Kingdom of heaven. For those in the FM area, here’s a couple sites that can direct you to places that need volunteers;
The apostle Paul urges the Ephesians to make the most of the time that they have (Ephesians 5:16). Let’s do the same with the rest of our summers.