Wayne Weekly “Summer…Over Already?”
Written by Wayne Taylor on September 5, 2017
If you live in Central New York, there are milestones one crosses that signifies the end of summer. For many it’s thinking about heavier clothing, or storing the warm weather camping gear, bringing in the lawn furniture, pulling the boat out of the water, seeing the NY State Fair come and go. Though Labor Day is not the official end of summer, it pretty much is the benchmark for the changing of the season.
Seasons come and go, and the older we grow, the seasons, relative to our increasing age, become shorter. It’s not “time flies when you’re having fun”, it simply “time flies”. Though we often don’t want to see the summer end, there is something invigorating about shifting into second or third, maybe even into fourth or fifth gear!
A new season often means new horizons and we can become energized and can find satisfaction in “moving forward”.
Here at the Mars Hill Network, fall season means new programming ideas. It can mean new network slogans, sometimes staff re-arranging, executing planned events, and a renewed vision for the coming months. It means planning for our second most important on-air fundraiser, Harvest.
God’s Word tells us to be diligent like the ant who gathers food for the winter. God’s Word warns us not to fall into the trap that can come with “a little folding of the hands”. We’re reminded to stay alert, and to be ready, guarding ourselves from Satan and his armies, guarding ourselves from our “carnal natures”. It’s about preventive actions, and about good planning.
As we move into a new season with its challenges, its victories and joys, and yes, it’s “bumps in the road”, let’s be of good cheer, let’s take courage, let’s “press on for the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus”.
Take a deep breath and…charge!
“Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer…” Proverbs 30:24, 25
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. Proverbs 6:6-8
How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man. Proverbs 6:9-11