Is summer finally here?
I’ve lived in Central Texas off and on since 1991, thanks to Uncle Sam, and this seems like the longest winter and spring that I can remember.
I love summers in Texas.
Recently, I was watching a friendly debate weighing the advantages and disadvantages of year-round school.
From where I stand now, having no children of school age, the idea seems OK.
However, when I was younger, growing up in Southern California, that would have been a horrible idea.
I lived for the summers.
Mom had a café just up the street from the Manhattan Beach Pier, and I spent my summers hanging out around the beach.
I had three older brothers who loved to teach me how to swim — read, “Let’s throw Greg in the ocean and see if he survives!”
Ah, yes, swimming, surfing and summer fun. Those were carefree days — I lived for the summers.
Seems pretty shallow now, but for a kid, it was a pretty good deal.
But now I have to ask myself, “What am I living for?”
What are you living for?
We’ve all heard or even perhaps said, “He lives to play baseball or he lives to play golf or she lives to dance or she lives to shop.”
Really? Is that all there is to life?
Maybe I’m asking the wrong question.
Maybe the question shouldn’t be, “WHAT are you living for,” but rather, “WHO are you living for?”
When life is viewed as nothing more than what we do, i.e., what do you do for a living or what do you do in your spare time, we may be missing out on real life.
Maybe the question should be, “Who are you living for?”
If we live for “what” rather than “who,” we will eventually come up empty — it is shallow.
I recently heard someone say, “Even rich people can only float around on a yacht for so long; we are made for more than that.”
“Jesus asked his disciples, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’
“They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.’
“But what about you?” He asked, ‘Who do you say I am?’
“Peter answered, ‘The Christ of God.’” (Luke 9:18-20)
What about you? Who do you say he is? (Your answer to this question just might tell you what and who you are living for.)
As Josh McDowell said, “He is either a lunatic, a liar or He is Lord.”
Do you know Him? Have you placed your trust in Him?
What are you living for? Or who are you living for?
“I came so they (you) can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they (you) ever dreamed of.” Jesus the Christ (John 10:10, the message)
What are you waiting for?
See you Sunday!
Greg Schannep is pastor of Faith Fellowship in Nolanville.