In the book of Ecclesiastes, it is written, “I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.” (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13)
The Bible is telling us – Enjoy!! With the summer months coming up quickly you should do just that. Whether you have vacation or stay-cation plans – here are some fun tips toward having the best summer yet!
- Notice Your Experiences
Oftentimes in life, we simply aren’t present during the days. We have a lot on our minds, we are busy trying to multi-task, and are remembering things in the past or thinking about the future. One way to truly enjoy this summer is by slowing down and spending time noticing your experiences. For example, if you go get ice cream with friends or family – notice the delicious flavor, the coldness hitting your tongue, and the joy of tasting something so yummy! Likewise, if you are on a walk – take notice of the scenery around you whether it is the ocean, mountains, trees on a hiking trail, or even a cute dog that’s on a walk too. Taking the time to notice what you are experiencing with all of your senses can help you be present in the moment and enjoy the experience!
- Put Down the Phone
In this day and age, cellphones have become such a major part of life. I get it – we use them for SO MUCH! But, they are not needed in every moment of the day! If you’d like to truly enjoy, savor, and lean into your experiences this summer – put away the phone and insert yourself fully (with all your thoughts, emotions, and actions) into your experience. Leave the phone in your car, turn it on silent, or crazy idea – turn it completely off! The more we are present in our experiences, the more you might just find that taking a break from your phone feels more freeing than terrifying.
- Thank God for the Good in your Experience
Thank God, whether it’s the people you are with, sights you see, or even different flavors you taste. We have been given blessings all throughout our days and often we don’t even notice it. James 1:17 tells us that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” We are also encouraged throughout the Bible to “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1) God’s will for us is to thank Him for all of His wonderful gifts!