summer living

Now that spring semester has ended, and summer is here, my eyes have been opened to an unfortunate reality: every so often I get caught up in these seasons of my life where I am all about go, go, go. When my day to day schedule fills up, I often don’t stop for a single second. I have this constant need for fast-paced living. At the moment when my alarm wakes me up in the morning I start the cycle of rushing through my day. I mentally keep track of how long it takes me to get ready in the morning, I speed to make it to school on time, I constantly check the clock while I am in class because I want to move onto the next event in my schedule, and then when it is time to go home, I race against traffic because I am exhausted from rushing through my day. And the ironic thing is that while I am rushing from one task to the next, all I really want do is just slow down. There is absolutely no purpose to this kind of living, and honestly, it’s really not living at all. When I rush through my day, checking off my lists of plans and “to-do’s,” I miss out on SO much. I miss out on the chance to wake up slowly, in devotion with my Lord. I miss out on watching the beauty of the day unfold in front of me. I miss out on conversations with classmates that could potentially lead to new friendships. I miss out on living in the presence of my Lord, and in the beautiful days that He has created for me to enjoy and l i v e to the fullest.

I want to spend my days differently this summer. I want to live each day with intention and accountability. To wake up slowly, to remember to be still, and to savor each moment as it comes.

“Let Me help you get through this day. There are many possible paths to travel between your getting up in the morning and your lying down at night. Stay alert to the many choice-points along the way, being continually aware of My Presence. You will get through this day one way or the other. One way is to moan and groan, stumbling alone with shuffling feet. This will get you to the end of the day eventually, but there is a better way. You can choose to walk with Me along the path of peace, leaning on Me as much as you need.”

Sarah Young, Jesus Calling (2008)

Do you also find yourself falling into this cycle of rushing through your day to day living? I would love to hear about how you ground yourself in those moments… comment below or reach out to me!


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2 thoughts on “summer living

  1. Love love this. So introspective!
    I relate to when you said “my” lists and plans. I get caught up in that and turning 23 soon..trying to be where I “should” be by my age. But that’s not what’s most important. The earthly pressures or schedules are irrelevant in comparison to Gods perfect plan. And our yielding to the Spirit in submission to it. Glad you’re writing again Coley, you challenge me to new thoughts and depths.

    • Thanks for response Cisco! Glad you are able to identify with me because it reminds me that I am not alone in my personal struggles! Super cool that we can be of encouragement to one another.

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