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Then & Now - Week of July 15

  • 2013 Jul 15

Summer Choices
Proverbs 4:23

By now you're well into your summer and for a young person that can be good or bad, depending on the choices you make. Summer can be a wonderfully fun time where you enjoy the things you like to do, spend time with friends, and perhaps engage in projects or trips that can enhance your worldview.

But summer can also be the time when you make choices you regret for your lifetime. I don't want to sound like a cranky old man, but it wasn't that long ago that I was a teenager facing summer. And I know how the mind of a young person begins to work in the summer.

You get around a group of friends, starting having a good time, and before long you might be doing things you never thought you'd do. You get a certain sense of bravado, as if you're bullet-proof and nobody will ever find out the things you did.

Be careful. Keep your heart in the summer. Remember God in the summer. Go to church, ask your friends to keep you accountable. Listen to your parents. Pay attention to curfew.

Here's why. The choices you make in your summer months, those decisions that seem insignificant are actually quite important. The summer could be the time you lose your faith or the season when it increases. It may be the time you sacrifice your purity or the season when you guarded it fiercely.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying you should spend your summer months holed up in a library reading Dickens. Enjoy your time off, spend time with friends, ride roller-coasters, visit water parks, play video games, eat junk food, go to concerts, do paintball, go camping.

But don't take a break from God. Remember Who created you. Remember to Whom you belong. Remember Who you serve. 

Daniel Darling is an author, pastor, and public speaker. His latest book is Crash Course, Forming a Faith Foundation for Life. Visit him on Facebook by clicking here, follow on him on Twitter at, or check out his website:

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