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Published on May 29th, 2009 | by Alex and Brett Harris

Don’t Waste Your Summer

Intentional Summer Break

Our friends over at Boundless have a published a great article by Lindsay Talsness encouraging students to be purposeful about their three months of freedom. Whether you’re in college or not, you’ll appreciate Lindsay’s advice on making this summer a time of spiritual growth, accountability, goal-setting, personal outreach, and growing closer to family and friends. Don’t waste your summer!

Intentional Summer Break – Lindsay Talsness – 05/12/09

I’m sure that nearly all college students would agree they are relieved when finals have ended and the spring semester is over.

No more nights spent staring bleary-eyed at a computer screen until 3 a.m. No more cramming facts into every last square inch of your brain, and no more IM-ing with friends about the virtues of leg warmers the night before a 10-page paper is due, simply because you can’t write another academic word.

Thank goodness for three months of class-free bliss!

It’s a time to go home, spend time with your family, play with your dog/cat/tarantula, and catch up with old friends. To be honest, though, I’ve found that summer break can be a very difficult time as well.

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Once you have read the article come back here and join the conversation. The discussion questions below are intended to be helpful whether or not you attend college. Choose a few to respond to and let us know what you think.

Some questions for discussion:

  • Do you have a harder time growing spiritually over the summer? Why or why not?
  • What are your plans for this summer? What would it look like for you to glorify God with those plans?
  • Is your summer crazier than you wanted it to be? What lessons might God be teaching you through that?
  • Is your summer quieter than you wanted it to be? What lessons might God be teaching you through that?


About the Author

are the co-founders of and co-authors of Do Hard Things and Start Here. They have a passion for God and for their generation. Their personal interests include politics, filmmaking, music, and basketball. They are both graduates of Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia.

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