A seven week-long break.
It sounds awesome on paper, but by week three you’re probably brain-dead from boredom or going insane from family reunion overload.
Instead of veering towards laziness or busyness over the break, take advantage of the time to grow in your walk with the Lord. Below are seven ways to survive your seven-week break.
1. Get plugged into a local church
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. –Hebrews 10:24-25
Don’t just attend on Sundays; pursue others in church, help out with a church ministry that operates outside of your normal attendance.
2. Find a Bible reading plan and stick to it
For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword –Hebrew 4:12
Devotionals are great, but nothing can substitute for a true study of God’s Word, for yourself. Check out BibleGateway for all sorts of reading plans ranging in length from one year to a few months.
3, Memorize Scripture
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. –Psalm 119:11
Something supernatural begins to take shape when we memorize Scripture and meditate on it. Thankfully, there are a ton of resources out there to make memorizing easier. Scripture Typer and Fighter Verses are the best apps on the market (I prefer Scripture Typer.)
4. Read good books
“Five years from now you’ll be the same person you are today--except for the books you read and the people you meet.” –Charles Jones
At Cru I mentioned picking up The Reason for God by Tim Keller. But really, anything by him is great. Over the breaks I try to read one C.S. Lewis book. If you’re new to Lewis, try the Narnia series or Mere Christianity. Last recommendation, if you’ve never read A.W. Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy it is a must-read for every Christian.
5. Listen to good teaching
Faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the Word of Christ. –Romans 10:17
During long car rides or running errands there’s a couple sermon podcasts that I go to. My favorite apps are The Summit Church followed by Ask Pastor John.
6. Keep in touch with Cru friends
A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. –Proverbs 17:17
Your friends from WKU are in the same boat as you. Send them a text. Ask to crash on their couch during a weekend. Give your Bible Study leader a call.
7. Come to Encounter!
What better way to survive the break than to spend 5 days with 60 other Hilltoppers worshipping together, staying up late and learning how to reach others for the gospel back on campus? It’s not too late to sign up. (For those that can’t make it, sign up for Winter Retreat.)