"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

The days heat up and the pace slows down.
Time to get together. Time to get away.
Drop the kids at the pool. Drop a putt in the hole.
Little League games and major league moments.
Drive to the beach. Drive to the mountains. Drive Mom and Dad nuts.
Tend the yard. Till the garden.
Fire up the grill. Cool down the house.
Stifling cars and sweaty clothes.
Shade trees and cold lemonade.

Life begins again with the summer. Let it not be a sleepy lull, but a launching upward to new heights, moving into unexplored territory, going where you've never been before, even if you cannot leave your house. Summer, it seems to me, is the season to grow like gangbusters - bigger hearts, wider vision, deeper faith, and limitless hope. So, let's make the most of it, shall we?  

Do you remember the words of the old gospel hymn? "When Jesus shows His smiling face, there is sunshine in my soul."


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