Pastor’s Thoughts August 8th, 2023

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:3-5)

As the summer sun seems to beat relentlessly on us this summer, we often find ourselves facing the challenges that come with the heat of the season. From scorching temperatures to heightened emotions, maintaining a Christ-like attitude can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. However, with a Christ-like heart full of love, compassion, and understanding, we can find solace and strength in the midst of summer’s intensity.

In all four seasons, there is a particular beauty and splendor on display. Summer is no exception; we have the opportunity to see the miracle of God’s creation in the form of all kinds of vegetation move toward full maturity. The blooming flowers, the harvest of sweet corn and tomatoes, the glory of trees fully clothed with leaves, and the hillside fully enveloped with trees are just a few examples of unique summer reminders of our Creator and Sustainer at work. As we marvel at God’s handiwork, let it inspire us to treat others with the same awe and respect we hold for nature.

Summer can be a busy season, and stress levels may rise as schedules become packed with activities. Imitating Christ’s patience can help us navigate the hustle and bustle with grace. Take a moment to breathe deeply, count to ten, and respond thoughtfully in the face of frustration. By cultivating patience, we create a positive atmosphere around us, allowing others to feel valued and respected.

With emotions running high in the summer heat conflicts may arise more frequently. Instead of harboring grudges or allowing anger to consume us, practice forgiveness as Christ did. Let go of past grievances and approach each situation with a heart full of love, understanding, and the desire for reconciliation.

The sweltering summer heat can be challenging for some, especially the elderly or those less fortunate. Look for opportunities to serve others with humility, whether it’s assisting someone with heavy loads, volunteering, or simply lending a listening ear to someone in need. By serving others, we mirror Christ’s selfless love and create a more compassionate community.

As the summer months can be a time of vacation and relaxation, let’s not forget our Creator. Engage in prayer, meditate on Scripture, or attend church services when traveling to find spiritual refreshment. This reconnection with God will strengthen our resolve to maintain a Christ-like attitude amidst the challenges of summer.

Maintaining a Christ-like attitude in the heat of summer is both a challenge and an opportunity for growth. By embracing the beauty of creation, cultivating patience, showing kindness, practicing forgiveness, serving others with humility, finding spiritual refreshment, and spreading joy and positivity, we can navigate the summer with grace and leave a positive impact on those we encounter. Let us strive to reflect the love and compassion of Christ in every aspect of our lives, and in doing so, we can make the summer season a time of spiritual renewal and deepened faith.