Summer can mean a lot of different things for a college student: maybe you’re at home with family and working a part-time job, maybe you’re at camp scrubbing dishes and keeping 10-year-olds suspended on a ropes course, maybe you snagged an internship in a new city and are getting great experience for your future career or maybe you’re in Waco taking summer courses and hitting the BSR cable park.

Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, here’s something I know about summer: it can be the best of times and also the worst of times for a college student.

We’re about a month into summer, and maybe you’ve already felt both. So, I wanted to share some thoughts on how to continue living your summer to the fullest potential, gaining ground in God, thriving in your relationships and making memories that will fuel you into the next school year.

At the end of the spring semester, our college ministry spent four weeks discussing the Holy Spirit – His person, His gifts and His fruit so that we could pursue the Holy Spirit all summer long. I’d encourage you to go back and listen to those messages on our College App or our Vimeo page. Then, revisit the summer plan you made in discipleship – what fruits of the Holy Spirit did you say you wanted to produce this summer, and how were you going to position yourself in order to see those fruits produced? Have you checked in with your discipleship group to let them know how you’re doing, and ask them to continue praying for you and holding you accountable?

A lack of connection to community can often take you down a path you didn’t intend.

So, it’s important to keep your friends in the loop of what’s going on with you spiritually. They can encourage you, fight with you and celebrate with you if you let them in – but if you don’t, you’re on your own. Reach out today.

I also want to warn you of one of summer’s biggest traps: selfishness.

Somehow, after a long, hard school year, we feel justified, and sometimes even entitled to the me-myself-and-I mentality. I need to rest. I need to be by myself. I don’t want to visit so-and-so. That’s a waste of my time. But let me say, now is not the time to be selfish!

In fact, the biblical reality is that true life comes when we give our lives away.

So, my challenge to you is to invest in other people and contribute to a local church. Take a younger sibling to an amusement park, teach a neighborhood kid to ride a bicycle, make a meal for a family in your church, offer to run an errand for your parents or sign up to volunteer for the new ministry your church is starting. Whatever it is, you’ll find that rejecting your own selfish desires and investing in others will launch you into the abundant life you’re looking for this summer.

Lastly, do fun stuff that will fill your tank!

Take road trips to see friends, meet people at the park to play Frisbee golf, host a movie marathon, learn a new sport or skill or hit the local pool with your family. Whatever you enjoy doing, do a lot of it! Stock up on good fun and make some serious memories so when you come back in August, you’re full of life and energy, telling stories and building excitement for what’s to come.

We can’t wait to see you all back in Waco soon – until then, make it the best summer of your life!

By Meredith Gordon – College Ministry Staff