Making the most of a long summer will not only prepare you for university, it will nurture skills that you will need your whole working life. Whatever you do, don’t do nothing!
Find a job or do some volunteering. Options may be limited, but it is better to do something than nothing. Work is not just about money, you learn a lot about yourself; what you enjoy, what you are good at, how to better interact with colleagues, and relate across generations. You learn to persevere in mundane tasks, learn to appreciate what you have, learn to take small steps that lead to greater responsibility. Adopt a growth mindset over the summer by reading books and using your time well.
"Often that starts in small, insignificant places, often doing boring mundane jobs, yet God is establishing the work of our hands..."
At the end of Psalm 90 written by Moses is the heartfelt cry to please God with what we do with our time.
‘May the favour of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.’
Our ultimate employer throughout life is God. He is the one who goes looking for us so that we can join in with his Kingdom work as in the parable of the workers in Matthew 20. It isn’t like we are permanently on the clock with God, it is more we are made for a purpose and that our lives glorify God. Often that starts in small, insignificant places, often doing boring mundane jobs, yet God is establishing the work of our hands, his favour rests on us and he is getting us ready for future responsibilities he wants to give us.
Make the most of this summer.
Rich Wilson is movement leader of Fusion. He has recently written ‘A Call Less Ordinary’ to help students discover their calling in God and navigate the next steps.