June brings us the first day of summer, longer days, and vacation season! Vacations are a great time to relax; or to explore new destinations, but they are also the perfect time for renewal and refocus. Jesus even directs his Disciples to relax, as recorded in Mark 6:30-32
“The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone.” (NLT)
Take some time to relax this summer, but make sure it is for the purpose of renewing your spirit so you can effectively carry out the specific tasks that God has called you to do.
February is commonly known as the month of love and it is the perfect time to reflect on God’s unconditional love for us. The familiar verse of John 3:16 summarizes God’s love well
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever
believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (ESV)
It’s difficult to grasp the depth of this love, that God would send his own Son to pay the price for our sins, but he does love us that much!
It is further explained in 1 John 4:16: “we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” (ESV)
God also calls on us to do the same: “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44) (ESV)
Be thankful each day for God’s unconditional love and try to show that to others as He has shown it to us.