Mike Hurt,

Memorial Day is upon us. The beginning of summer is here. School is out. Life is good! This is the time of of the year that kids long for. The time of the year that families plan for. The time of the year when the pace and the pressure of our lives changes. Simply, put. It’s summertime. The long, hot days of summer give us a few unique opportunities no matter how simple or how grand our plans are.

Summer gives us a chance to change the pace of our lives. The constant shuttling of kids, the consistent cries to complete homework, and the commitment to a hard and fast bedtime goes away with summer. The pace of the summer brings life and rest to our homes and families. It opens the door to focus on our relationships with each other and on our relationship with God. If the busyness of daily life can be a relationship killer, then the slower days of summer can be relationship sustainers.

There is something meaningful about being together in unhurried segments of time. There is something powerful in spending these unhurried times with God. Psalm 46:10 says that we should be still and know that He is God. Summer provides a great time to carve out this time to be still before God, to pray, to study the Bible, to worship or simply to enjoy Him and His creation. The powerful lesson to be learned is that our souls need to rest in God just like our bodies need to rest from work. May this summer be a time for you to rest in the Lord and know that He is God.

Summer gives us the chance to unplug from the pressures of life. While life doesn’t completely stop for any of us, it is the perfect time of the year to experience peace instead of ever-growing pressure. Your time of peace may be centered on a vacation or a trip. Your place of peace may be found near the water, but know this: Peace isn’t found on a trip or found in a place. Peace is found in the person, Jesus Christ.

Jesus told His followers to come to Him and He would give them rest. He invites us to do the same. Where are you feeling the pressure of life? Don’t just look to escape it; take it to Jesus. Where is stress building? Don’t mask it; take it to Jesus. Where do you need to unplug from worry? Take it to Jesus. He welcomes you. He comforts you. He gives you His peace. His peace is like no other peace.

In John 14:27, Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

This summer, as you slow down and as you unplug, may you know the rest that comes with being still before the Lord and may you know the peace that only Jesus can bring.

Mike Hurt is the senior pastor of Parkway Church.

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