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Depending on your age, you might remember watching the original Saved by the Bell on tv. If you’re like my students, you probably think I’m crazy. Even after all of these years, I still love that show! I even once ran into Dustin Diamond leaving a bathroom stall at Chicago O’Hare (It was an odd encounter, but I got my picture with him). I digress. This morning I was thinking about the summer shows that they used to do and how that relates to us now.
One year at the end of school Zack, Lisa, Screech, Jessie, Slater, and Kelly got summer jobs at the beach. They worked at the “Malibu Sands Beach Resort.” That summer, each of the cast members developed closer friendships, endured the Malibu Sands competitions against rival “Club North Beach,” and fell in love. I’m sure if we suspend reality here and Saved by the Bell was real, each of the characters would talk about what an awesome summer they had and how it changed their lives. But, did you notice that once “school” started back up again, they never talked about that summer?
We are that way sometimes aren’t we? God gives us each an amazing summer experience filled with tons of learning about life, deeper relationships, mission trips, and maybe an epic championship win of ultimate frisbee. But, I can’t help thing about what happens in September, October, or November? Do we still talk about those golden days of summer? Those lessons that “changed our lives?”
My challenge to you as you head back to school is to let those experiences live in your thoughts, conversations, and relationships. If we stop applying what God taught us during the summer, then those trips were just that…trips. The key to allowing trips to become apart of your life is continue to apply what you learned. A trip is something we went on for a specific time and then left. It has an ending date. Even though we may look at pictures from those trips on Facebook every now and again, it’s still a trip if we’re not allowing in to continue to change us. God doesn’t want a summer of trips or experiences, He wants transformation. God gave us those trips as a way to make us look more like him.
Deuteronomy 32:7 says to “remember the days of old..” Don’t allow yourself to pack away those members in a digital or mental box. If we do, chances are that God will end up teaching you the same thing next summer. Think about what he’s taught you. Let it marinate in your soul. Be transformed.
What will YOU look like this school year? Will you be the same as you were in May or the person being transformed after an awesome summer with God?