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Summer of Intent

By Joel Warren

Colossians 4:5

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.

There are lots of things I intend to do. I intend to go through each of my individual socks until I find its partner. One of these days I intend to learn the art of cutting my golden doodle’s hair, thus saving $100 every two months.

While these are great intentions, and would benefit me in many positive ways, I know I will most likely continue to leave these in the “I’ll get around to it one day” category. I do feel a slight since of guilt for putting certain things off, but that doesn’t keep me from being intentional in other areas.

As the father of two active boys, I know that time passes quickly. Toddlers turn to little people and from there they grow into little adults. I now have a new intention, a new goal for Summer 2022. No, it has nothing to do with organizing my laundry. I want to spend intentional moments with my boys. As I write, it is already June 7, and school starts back on August 15. That’s only two months to make memories and impart wisdom on Judah and Abe.

We will spend every moment we can playing basketball together and have plans to jump into a lake in the Austin area. Each day, we will sit at dinner and talk about our days, look each other in the eye and make the most of our summer. We will pray each night at bedtime and ask God for guidance in our lives.

For you, what are your intentions this summer? Do you have any relationships that need attention? Is there a book you’ve been meaning to read and need to carve out specific time to do so? Maybe there’s a ministry opportunity that God is calling you toward, and now would be a great time to obey.

Here’s to this summer, may it be filled with good intentions and powerful results.

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