repost: 7 ways to show thanks in summer

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬‬

*Post previously published on New Day June 2016. A few revisions made for this repost…

What has 2016 been like for you so far? Have you met your goals? Finding yourself busy again? For me, the new year’s start held a focus on physical healing and preparation for surgery, the journey to which has been a turning point (read about it here). I really didn’t set other goals for 2016, and I continue my focus on rebuilding today.

Wherever we find ourselves here at the start of a new season, there’s no excuse for not giving thanks. It’s been a hard year so far, but God still sits on the throne, being faithful and bestowing grace. Our posture should be one of thanksgiving always, so what are some ways to express that thanks AND honor the Lord in our summer fun? Glad you asked…

Well, give thanks daily to Him who’s brought you through to this season. Be grateful for life. Could’ve been dead and gone, as we black church folk say…

Participate in church summer ministries. Show the Lord how thankful you are by serving beyond Sunday. Vacation Bible School, tutoring programs, activities for the elderly, etc., are all areas for helping others have an enjoyable season.

Serve in your community. Who needs a fan? Anyone need house repair? Whatever your means or skills, be thankful for them, then get to it! Love your neighbor as yourself…

Encourage someone directly. People are aching for love, for the pouring of God’s Word into their lives whether they realize or acknowledge it or not. Show thanks for your journey by sharing the story of His goodness in your life, and watch someone be inspired and hopeful for their own path.

Be intentional about the fun you choose, AND be intentional about the people you choose to have your fun with. Honor God AND self this season.

Live it up! Live life to the fullest! Enjoy the season – the long days, the warmth (heat!), gatherings with family and friends, food, etc. Before we know it, the cold of winter will once again have settled on us, so embrace and be thankful for these days.

Each morning you’re awakened to a new day, there ought to be praise on your lips flowing from thankfulness in your heart. You have an opportunity to serve a God whose blessings are immeasurable. Each day, in every season, give thanks – heartily, tangibly, fully.

Anything to add? What are some ways you can show thanks and honor God through the summer season?

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