Summer weather is a great thing. Sun, warmth, breeze, everything about it screams "freedom from indoors". BUT, of course, it also has its own list of 'cons', if you will. Mosquitos, yardwork, constant sweat, and so on. We are left with a choice. Do the pros outweigh the cons for us? It's different for everyone.
One thing I'd like to encourage each and every one of you on is this: daily time with God. Set aside time for prayer, reading the Bible, and going over what you just read (to see how God wants to teach you through it) are pretty standard. Feel free to add your own expressions as well, different for each person in each place. But set aside time for God every day.
Now, of course we’d be able to come up with a list of ‘cons’ for this. Setting time aside every morning probably means you’ll get less sleep. You’ll have less time to check email, text, and surf the web, or read blogs (!!). You’ll have days where you don’t feel like you “got” something out of your time with God, causing you to question if it was even worth it. And so on.
But the real question is this: in spending time with God, do the pros outweigh the cons for you? Have you learned that an hour with God is more valuable than years of anything else? Have you learned that doing for God isn’t nearly as important as simply BEING with God? Do you trust that when you draw near to Him, He responds every time by drawing near to you (James 4:8) even if there may not be something that jumps out at you?
Please, don’t let Satan convince you that the cons are so seemingly important, and the pros aren’t worth anything. The reason he wants to toss us down that path is because he knows just how much power there is in a son or daughter of God who can’t imagine their life without intimate connection with their Father.
I’m going to go outside, sweat a bit, slap some mosquitoes on my arms and legs, and know that the pros outweigh the cons.