You‚Äôve¬†no doubt¬†experienced the¬†impact of isolation¬†surrounding¬†the events of this past year.¬†As a result, you¬†and your family¬†have¬†likely figured out the adjustments you can make to ease those¬†feelings of loneliness¬†brought on by the inability to travel to see loved ones or to¬†congregate within community as you¬†once¬†did before.¬†For¬†our¬†students, this upcoming season¬†may¬†be especially difficult, as¬†their¬†‚Äúnormal‚Ä̬†community¬†may¬†be¬†more¬†spread out¬†for the summer. And¬†with the end of the school year, we may¬†all¬†be finding ourselves in a new context for¬†seeking¬†connection and community.¬†So, here‚Äôs how your student can connect this¬†summer.

 

1. Stay invested (wherever you are). 

Due to traveling and vacation, you¬†and your family¬†may not be¬†home for¬†some time throughout the¬†next¬†few weeks, but‚ÄĒwherever you are‚ÄĒyou¬†are surrounded by¬†people worth investing in.¬†¬†

Seek out connection with friends and family you don’t have the privilege of seeing as often as you used to or won’t have the ability to connect with once the school year starts back up. Serve at VBS or Children’s Camp if you have the valuable resource of available time. Strengthen connections, plant seeds, and allow the Lord to water them.

There’s not an off-season in the kingdom of God. Your investment matters. 

 

2. Stay present in the unknowns. 

Some of you may¬†be¬†busy¬†this¬†summer‚ÄĒwith sports, babysitting¬†your siblings, or maybe¬†even¬†taking on¬†a new summer job!¬†You maybe¬†have¬†had to say¬†goodbye¬†(even if¬†only¬†for a few weeks)¬†to¬†a context and a¬†community¬†that was more comfortable than this season you are now walking through.¬†¬†

Don‚Äôt allow yourself to believe that your summer ‚Äúisn‚Äôt real life‚Ä̬†or¬†allow¬†this time¬†to¬†go to waste.¬†And while connecting with friends you won‚Äôt get to see over the summer is important, don‚Äôt allow this idea to be a copout that keeps you from bravely plugging into the new spaces you now have the privilege to inhabit.¬†¬†

Use this unique position and time in your life to build connections (with your teammates, your family, and your coworkers!) and rely on the Lord to use you in this new season. 

 

3. Stay connected to the Lord. 

After the intensity of the end of a pandemic-wrought school year, you’re probably exhausted and rightfully so! You need rest and relief from the busyness of that fast-paced schedule and those high levels of commitment.

And while both of these things are incredibly true, you still need Jesus just as much now in this current season as you did during the semester.  

Continue to take part in rhythms and routines that lead to greater connection to the Lord. Using this time to continue to trust in and rely on the Lord can only serve to prepare you for whatever life brings next.