July is such an interesting time of the year. Those who are studying normally finish their school year during the month. There are graduations for so many age groups moving from one stage of life to the next. It’s also a month that people begin to go on summer holidays to get renewed for the next half of the year.
Our Connect Groups and Follow Courses also take a break for the summer. I like this time of the year because it can be an “all change” season or an “out with the old and in with the new” season! So many people and things can get refreshed over this time and I love seeing what God prepares and brings in over the Summer months.
My housemates and I have been living together for over 10 years and the house we are living in was beginning to look and feel a bit tired. Over the Summer, our landlord has promised to do some much needed refurbishments. We are so looking forward to how it’s going to look! Our Every Nation Hub is also getting refurbishments at this very moment as well. We have been shifting around and stepping over things for weeks now and little by little it’s starting to look amazing!
I love how when we come into a relationship with Jesus 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
Jesus just didn’t do “refurbishments” in my life – He made a whole new me! But just as you do in a new house, you begin to collect things or build walls, etc that in the end aren’t very useful or might actually become space wasters or might actually prevent you from getting to move around at full capacity and making the most of what you have. Some areas of your new house might actually get worn down. This can all happen in your own life in Christ over time if you aren’t careful. Maybe this Summer you might actually need a clear out, an “all change” or “out with the old and in with the new season in your spiritual, physical and emotion life.
I want to encourage you to ask the Lord if you need a clear out or refurbishments in any area of your life. If you are taking a holiday – don’t turn off God during that time – take time to ask Him to hit REFRESH on your life! Go deep with Him!
As promised from my last letter – Here is the group picture of our Campus Boot Camp.