(I wrote this for a recent church newsletter)
I trust you are having a refreshing summer. Generally this means a time of varied activities, recreation, and, perhaps, travel. Growing up in Wisconsin, summer was a similar time of refreshment, relaxation, and renewal. The difference is the Midwest pattern was most affected by the weather. Summer was a time to get as much “fun” stuff done as you can, because rain and snow and cold and wind and…well, you understand.
Having spent the majority of my life in California it always intrigues me that we keep some of those same patterns, even though our weather is, for the most part, about the same all year round. “Fun” stuff can happen year round.
Yet, when you think about it, if you are living a purposeful life of being a blessing to others and sharing the joy of God with everyone, the “fun” stuff is happening wherever you find yourself. When you are sharing life with your extended family of friends, a joyful life becomes an abundant life, when you see the impact for good you can have on the lives of others. This is how Jesus designed us. Those who live life best, live it in community.
I thank God for our LIFEhouse community and how we connect with each other in a variety of ways where acquaintances become friends, and friends become extended family. From there we have opportunities to be on mission together to spread joy and connect others to the same God who loves them.