Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 Dear Friends, Another school year is ending and it’s time for the “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.”    Before you know it however, the next school year will start up, so take advantage of this season when you and your kids have time to focus in different ways.   Summer is a time to recharge but also a time to strengthen weak skills and even learn new skills.  Otherwise the “lazy” days of summer can quickly turn “hazy” and even “crazy” and you’ll find yourself wishing instead for the hurried, packed days of the school year. To be sure summertime is a season for students (and parents) to enjoy a slower pace.  All too often, kids turn their free time into screen time however.  A recent study by sociologists found that young children actually get fatter during their summer breaks than while in school so make sure to encourage plenty of physical activity. This slower placed season can be a time of constructive evaluation and a chance to set goals for the next school year.   This week, set aside an evening with your entire family to evaluate the previous school year: Recap what went well and celebrate their successes! Ask your kids what they are most proud of and why. Also ask them what they are disappointed with and why. Guide them to establish summer time goals and well as goals for the next school year that address these issues.  Their goals can be academic, spiritual, physical and/or social; and they even need to set...

A Summer Challenge

“Behold, there is a day coming when you will regret your lethargy, and you will ask, ‘Why did we leave the vineyard of the Lord untended?’  Those things that have occupied you will appear for what they are—chaff and worthlessness.  For there will be nothing of lasting value, and no reward for the works of your hands which you have done in your own strength, and which God has not commanded you to do.  Jesus Himself was directed by the Father in all that He said and did.  Dare you live according to the dictates of your own human heart and puny human understanding?”  By Francis J. Roberts in Come Away My Beloved Yesterday, Veritas Academy teachers met together and closed out another school year by reflecting back on a year gone by. Where did the time go?  With the speed at which we can now access information and communicate, our days, months and years all too easily can be filled with volumes of detail to contend with. Yet I have to ask myself personally that with this increased busyness, could my days actually be holding less and less that has eternal value?  I am reminded of the verses in Psalm 103: 15 -16 that say “As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.” As I look forward to the summer, I have an urgent desire to dig deeper and make each day truly count for eternity.  Instead of verses 15 – 16, I...