We have reached the summer! For many, that means more free time than normal. In my experience, the more free time I have, the less disciplined I am regarding my spiritual growth. So if that’s you, I want to help you not waste these next months.
Here’s some steps to make a summer spiritual discipline plan.
- Determine a healthy amount of chapters to study a day. If you haven’t been consistently reading at all, I wouldn’t recommend you going to 3 chapters a day. Depending upon how you’ve been doing lately, pick a reasonable amount of material to read daily (but push it just a little if you can).
- Determine how many days a week you are committing. Some Bible plans include a few makeup days. That can be good for some but enabling for others. Determine if you are going to make a plan for 5, 6, or 7 days.
- Pick a book or section of Scripture to start working through. I would recommend doing the math so you can see when you will start and when you will end if you persevere.
- Determine a balanced prayer strategy. Most people get bored praying because they pray the same thing every time. Select a few prayer points for every day of the week (Sunday – pray for the pastor, Dad, Sally, and the Mushere people group; Monday – pray for…)
- Set yourself up for success. Put your plan into whatever medium keeps you organized. For me, I write out a ways in advance of the passages and prayer focus I’m going to be going through weeks if not months in advance in my preferred task manager app. That way, when I wake up in the morning, it delivers the predetermined agenda before me and keeps me on track.
Take these tips and get going. Whatever you do, do something this summer, and don’t waste the opportunity to grow in Christ!
6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.1 Timothy 4:6-8
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Distinctive Discipleship. He is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. Travis graduated from North Greenville University with a B.A. in Christian Studies and earned his M.Div. and D.Min. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with his doctoral focus on family discipleship.