Summer – The Pursuit & Presence…

Summer is such a chill time, sleeping in – beach days – lazy nights, and in a few months – the fall rush will start all over again.

Beach Bonfire

The reality however is that we only get 20-25 years of our life when we get a “summer off” – the rest of life is fast paced, stressful, hectic and frenzied.

But life hasn’t just become hectic and frenzied. Its always been like that. In fact… Luke tells us this story. Basically Jesus is hanging out at his friend Martha’s house. And they are getting ready for a big party or something. So Martha is running around trying to get stuff done. And her sister Mary is “being lazy” she is sitting down listening to Jesus. Both loved Jesus. Martha wanted to serve him. But Mary wanted to catch his every word and just be in his presence. Because she knew that in the Lord’s presence there is refreshment, encouragement, power….

You see, for most of us summer doesn’t have to be a crazy – frenzied – stressful time. We won’t have to be like Martha – running around trying to get tasks done. But will you make it into that? Or will you choose to be like Mary? Will you choose to sit at the feet of Jesus?


It might seem simple, but the choices you make regarding this season of your life will have eternal implications. Implications that go far beyond yourself. Will this be a season of your life where you grow in the Lord like never before? Are you going to learn to hear his voice now – so that later in life it won’t ever be a challenge? Will you put to death certain sins that you have been fighting? Will you get yourself spiritually ready to be on mission on campus in the fall? Will you grow your faith – so that when you go on mission trips you will be able to step out in boldness? Will you learn to walk in this Spirit? All of that can happen this summer…

So this summer are you going to cultivate a heart that is desperately in love with God? Are you going to run hard after Him? Are you going to set aside the stuff that gets in the way and run after him? I challenge you to do that – or as 1 Chronicles says:

Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God


Published by cwoznicki

Chris Woznicki is an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. He works as the regional training associate for the Los Angeles region of Young Life.

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