“Summer time and the living is easy!”- so says the line of a song from George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess.
When I was a little girl, summer time was easy living time. It meant freedom to play and adventure and travel. It meant sleeping late and eating popsicles on the porch. It meant sitting on the front steps with my mom or a neighborhood game of hide and seek.
Today as I talk to friends in the church and they describe their summers, especially many with children, it is exhausting thinking about all the activity and scheduling to get it all in—the camps and sports and travel and summer school and VBS and all! Already some moms have said to me, I will be glad when September is here and my kids are back at school!
We live full and overly busy lives. And we seem not to just schedule our own time but other’s around us too—in a pace that doesn’t lend itself to the freedom of those summer days I remember as a child.
Someone recently gave me a gift, it is a plaque of sorts with lovely art work and the words, “What sets your heart free?” Underneath that question is one word…the word SURRENDER.
As we enter into these summer months, how do you answer the question? What sets your heart free? Would the question better be asked in this way? WHO sets your heart free…and are you surrendering there?
Galatians 5:1 tells us, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
The question about what sets your heart free is an opportunity to consider the invitation of Jesus to you…where are your passions, where are your giftings, are you surrendered to them and using them…living into them so they live out of you?
In these summer days, may you listen to your heart and what sets it free…and surrender to it and to Him!