At the end of every semester you are exhausted. Your brain is mush from finals and all you want to do is binge on Netflix. This is when you can lose sight of how God wants to use the break to prepare you for a #MovementofGod that will take place when you get back to campus. Here are three things that will help make the most of your winter break and not fall into the “what did I do during the break?” syndrome:
1. Ask God for a fresh vision
Get on your knees every day during the break and ask God for a fresh vision.
Vision: A mental picture of what could be, fueled by a passion that it should be.
When you get inspired by a vision, you get excited and passionate about seeing it come true! What if God renewed your strength and showed how He could reach a whole residence hall through you. Or, what if He tells you that you will be used to create a network of disciplemakers on campus that starts a revival?
Great leaders choose to inspire what the future could be through a vision. In order to lead others you need to first have a fresh vision of what God wants to accomplish. When you seek God for that vision and humble yourself by getting on your knees in front of Him, He promises to heal us. Then, we will see amazing things happen.
2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Asking God for a fresh vision will renew your strength and prepare you to be used by Him.
2. Start thinking about two people you can pour into
Andy Stanley says “Our job is not to fill someone else’s cup, but to pour our’s out.” We always need to be on the lookout for who God would like us to “pour into.” Start thinking about who is involved in your life that you could spend time with during the next semester. Could it be an international student who wants to know more about American culture? Maybe it is a first year who is timid and hasn’t found a church yet. Or maybe it is someone who will be in class with you and needs your help studying. There are tons of possibilities. One great way to find people is to also lead a small group Bible study on campus (at the Tampa BCMs we call these LifeGroups).
3. Read a book (on top of reading the Bible…duh)
Find a book that will inspire you to lead others next semester. This could be a book on the Gospel or even a leadership development book (How to win friends and influence people translates amazingly to evangelism).
Here are some ideas:
- 10 Christian Books That Need To Be On Your Summer Reading List
- List of Strategic Leadership Skill Developers
- Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis – FREE!!! Great book to talk about suffering in the world as well as how to understand Christianity.
- Growing up – Robby Gallaty – Practical book on making disciples
- Our full list is on our Books Worth Reading Pinterest Board
Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God has a plan for us: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” So we should not waste our time on this earth. Instead, let’s get ready for the next season of God’s plan.
Have a great winter break!