Summer is here, along with a glorious break from school, homework, and a schedule that seems to suck up every moment of your time.
So…are you bored yet?
I want to challenge you, tough girl, to do something amazing this summer. Pick a friend or two. Maybe it’s someone you’ve known forever. Maybe it’s someone you only know a little bit.
The challenge? Spend time with them. I’m talking serious time.
Something strange has happened in our tech savvy culture. With texting and Faebook, movie theatres and DVR, we’re loosing the ability to talk to people face to face. We can type things. We can hang out when we’re watching something. But to sit and really talk, going deeper than all that surface stuff that we’re so good at…it’s a dying art.
Think of someone right now.
Alright, now commit. Commit to at least one day a week this summer to get together and talk. No cell phones to distract you. No movie playing in the background. Go to Starbucks or lay out some towels in your sunny backyard. Unplug and tune out everything else and talk.
What should you talk about? Life! Bring your Bibles and talk about what you’re reading and what God is teaching you. In fact, read a passage of Scripture together and talk about it.
Grab a book and read a chapter a week. Then get together and talk about it. Ask each other what it meant to them and how each of you want to apply it. Then, the next week, follow up. Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, Crazy Love by Francis Chan, and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis are some great ones.
Admit to things that you’re struggling with and pray for each other. Don’t gossip. Don’t complain. Be open and honest.
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17
Use this summer to make a friend. A good friend. An iron sharpening, willing to rebuke, knows you better than any one else, awesome, encouraging, loving, always there for you BFF. If you already have that friend, use this summer to take your friendship deeper.
Mine is going to be my BFF, Julie. I want to get together with her once a week, send our kids outside, talk about life, laugh, cry, get a little angry, and be totally real with each other.
Who is your summer friend going to be?