Chances are, you’ve either asked someone that question recently or been asked it. Ahh…the question of what to do with your time when you’re not bogged down by homework, extracurricular activities or school projects. Maybe you just feel like relaxing and taking some time for yourself. Maybe you already have a long list of things lined up. Maybe you haven’t even thought that far ahead yet and have no idea what you’re going to do. No matter what your situation, here’s a suggestion: Do something for the Lord.
We read in Ephesians 5:15-16, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” In essence, this verse is a great reminder for us to not be idle with our time. It’s a great reminder for us to get out there and work to further God’s kingdom. Because the truth is, we don’t know how many days we will have!
So what are some ideas of things to do?
Volunteering your time is a great way to both give to others and to share God’s love with them. Volunteer opportunities differ depending on where you live so you’ll have to ask around. You might start by asking others at your local congregation or even asking teachers at school. Get some of your friends to volunteer with you!
- Make new friends!
Connect with a girl from school you don’t know much about. Invite her to hang out with you and your friends. Invite her to church. Show her how it looks to live the life of a teen Christian girl.
- Go on a mission trip!
Mission trips are a great way to both spread God’s word and to grow spiritually yourself. Check with your local congregation for opportunities. There are a lot of overseas mission opportunities available, but don’t forget to keep an eye open for ones here in the U.S. as we
- Go to church camp!
Church camps are an excellent way to grow spiritually and learn more about God’s word. They are also really fun! You’ll make lasting friendships there and feel really uplifted, ready to do more for God.
We are not saying you shouldn’t enjoy leisure activities this summer or doing things you really enjoy. Not at all! The things you enjoy are a part of what makes you who you are, and that’s fantastic. Just make some time for God-centered activities with your free time this summer or better yet, try to do both at the same time. (That really would be making the best use of your time!)
This summer, try to find a balance of serving the Lord and keeping the rest of your summer plans, without being idle. Try to grow spiritually yourself. Read your Bible daily, pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17), share God’s word (Matt. 28:19-20). So the next time someone asks you what you’re doing this summer, you’ll have an answer ready and feel confident that you’ll be making the best use of your time. You’ll be doing something for the Lord!