Dearest Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Summer is in full swing as I begin to write this message. For so many of us summer is a very busy time. For some, it is a time of vacations, or trips to the lake. For others it is a time to enjoy outdoor activities such as golf or gardening, and for others a time to spray or harvest crops. Or, a combination of some, or all of these things. Summer is a busy time! So much to see. So much to do. It can be hard to fit it all in.
We are finite beings, you and I. We have limits, physical and emotional limits. And sometimes, in our eagerness to fit as much summer fun as possible into our days, we overdo things to the detriment of our wellbeing. Too much exposure to summer sun without proper precautions can lead to sunburn and possibly other problems later on. Too much exposure to heat without proper precautions can result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke. and so on.
And because we are finite creatures, the truth is that when we place too much concentration on any one thing, this behavior inevitably results in our failing to pay attention to other things, which can be problematic. If we pay more attention to our cell phones than we do to driving our car, accidents can happen. If we pay more attention to work than we do to our families, relationships can suffer. If we pay more attention to summer fun than we do to following a proper diet, our physical health can suffer. And, if we pay more attention to cramming as much work and fun as we possibly can into every single summer day. our spiritual health can suffer as we fail to leave sufficient room for the presence of God in our hearts and our lives which is essential to our quality of life on this earth.
I encourage you to have fun this summer. Play or travel if you want. Work as you want, but do all things in moderation and take necessary precautions to protect yourself. Drink enough water. Eat a balanced diet. Wear sunscreen and insect repellent. Get adequate rest. Spend time with God. Pray meditate, read your Bible, give thanks to God on a frequent basis. The summer that you are enjoying, the sights, the sounds,the tastes, the experiences, are all parts of God's gifts to you. As you give thanks to God for what God has given to you, keep an open heart and mind towards what you can give to God, by taking care of his creation, and by sharing his love with your neighbors.
You have been richly blessed by our generous and loving God. Take care of your bodies and your souls so that you can make the most of the blessings that you have received, and so that you can make the most of the blessings that you are.