Start the Summer Out Right

Posted: June 17, 2008 by Rich Landosky in The Journey, Uncategorized
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I’ve been thinking back through some of what we’ve discussed at Elevation this past year.  I know I’ve said it numerous times from the stage but if only we would take the words of Scripture seriously when it comes to relationships – all of us.  The world would see the Church – us – and maybe begin to see something that they wanted.  I think that is the thing that hurts the Church the most – we tend to act so much like the world that they can’t see a difference, and so they don’t see anything they want or need or they call us all hypocrites.  Imagine for just a moment – I mean really stop and envision this – a world where we acted as though we really loved God and loved others.  Where we treated each other the way Scripture tells us to treat each other.  What a place it would be.  

I know how hard it is.  I really do.  Living by God’s rules in relationships doesn’t come easy to me either.  Probably to no one.  But let me encourage you to really try living by God’s relationship rules and not the world’s.  It will make the youth group a much more pleasant place and may just cause your friends to stop and take notice.  Remember God’s relationship rules:

  • love
  • forgive
  • serve
  • submit

I also wanted to continue to encourage all of you this summer to serve where you are.  God has called and challenged all of us to serve Him wherever we are this summer.  You don’t have to be going on a mission trip to serve Him.  We live on this mission of serving God and loving and serving people, wherever we are.  So get to work this Summer – whether it be at the beach, at work, around the house, at camp, on a formal mission trip.  Start the summer out right by making a commitment to be about His mission this summer wherever He puts you.  I can’t wait to hear the stories of how God has used you this summer when we all get back together in September.  Better yet, don’t wait, write them here as they happen so we can all be encouraged.

  1. Lorraine says:

    thats so true. once we start to live like we were called relationally there are drastic changes that happen. when someone does something to annoy you, it tends not to bother you as much(sometimes…) but its not easy to always love, and serve, and forgive, and submit, but its important to try.

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