Summer Syndrome (SS) and Its Cure:

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Back to School Part 1

       Kids love summer. Teens love summer. How can anyone not love summer? 
      Despite the loving of summer all humans share, something happens to all kids/teens as they enjoy their awesomely-epic summer:

     Me: "Ug, do I have  to go back to school? Is algebra really necessary to function in the real world?"
     Mom: *rolls eyes and ignores incredibly annoying daughter* 

     And so we have this reluctance to leave the amazing and wondermous (I don't think that's a word) world of summer and return to that place called school, commonly known as prison. The one and only downside of summer (besides southern humidity and mosquitoes) is that it must come to an end. 

     And so Summer Syndrome (SS) is born. 

      I get SS as much as the next guy (or girl), and this summer I've begun to realize the root reason of this terrible disease.

     OK, all sarcasm aside, here we go:

     Most Christian teens, or at least a lot of them anyway, go to a Christian camp in the summer, and if they don't, they likely get recharged for Jesus at some summer program their churches offer, or something like that.

     In summer, it's so easy to be on fire for Jesus.

     It's so easy to dig into God's word and really pursue Him, and every Christian loves that spiritual high. When summer comes to an end, though, we begin to have to focus on school work, boring things like math, and we have less time to spend with God. Also, if you attend public school like I do, there are always the few people (or more than a few) who aren't Christians, and they can either a) lead you away from God or b) make you doubt your faith in God. 

      In school, it's so much harder to stand up for what you believe than it is in the summer time, and as a result, we tend to dim our lights a little. We tend to get ashamed of what we believe, which is exactly the opposite of what we're supposed to do. We, as teenagers, want everyone to like us, so we can't be outspoken about our faith because we're afraid we'll offend someone.

    And just so y'all know, I've been there so many times

    I think  there's a cure for this, though:

1. (the obvious) Spend lots and lots of time in the Word - if God's word is constantly in you, you'll have encouragement for the times when you don't feel so loved by your non-christian friends.

2. (obvious again) Pray - there's power in prayer, and lots of it. Pray for the strength you need, and maybe even find an accountability partner to pray with you and for you, and in turn, you can pray with and for him or her.

3. Show love always - Christians are always given the bad wrap for  "judging" others for their sins. Jesus loved the sinner, but not the sin. Show love to people without tolerating their sin. They'll see that maybe this Jesus guy you talk about is actually worth looking into. (P.S. you'll definitely need to pray for the strength to love others. Only God can help you love the kind of way He love us.)

4. Be around people who can encourage you in what you believe - As Proverbs 13:20 says, walk with the wise and become wise. Don't have "a companion of fools." And if you have those friends that say they're Christians but don't act like it, show them through God's power in your life that a regenerated soul will bear good fruit. (Again, you need to pray for that *insert smiley face, although I can't because I'm within parentheses*)

5. When you mess up (and you will), admit your failure, apologize if needed, and move on - practice "forgive and forget" around your friends, and hopefully they'll learn to do the same. Forgiveness shouldn't have a limit.
     I think all of the above will help, but I cannot stress this enough: 

 The best medicine for Summer Syndrome is a very large dose of the Word and lots and lots of prayer.

     This was an unusual post for me to write, but I felt it was necessary because of all the Summer Syndrome that is going on in my life. I truly hope this helped y'all lovely people out there. Let me know if you liked this and if you want more posts like this.

      Mary Shelley

P.S. I'm thinking of starting a Back to School series, so this will be Part 1. I just decided that randomly by the way. The posts won't be consecutive, and I don't know how many there will be, so stay tuned for whatever. Plus, school doesn't start till August, so we have time.


  1. "We tend to get ashamed of what we believe, which is exactly the opposite of what we're supposed to do."
    This is so true!
    I'm so glad you started blogging, and that there is another person out there who goes to a public school yet has a secure relationship with the Lord.
    I am definetely going to come back and look at this list when the school year comes around's so true, we tend to loose our fire for Christ and sometimes become ashamed.
    Can't wait to see the other posts for the back to school series!

    1. I'm so glad you liked it! I'm also glad to see a Christian blogger who goes to public school! It's so cool to be able to encourage each other!


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