Do you want to travel this summer?
Travel through your own city, down streets you’ve never been before, in the oldest part of town.
Travel through good books that take you on the best flights of imagination to new and beautiful worlds.
Travel to your friend’s house – bake some cookies – watch a movie outdoors – and laugh under the stars.
Travel to some water, get in a boat, and just float for a bit.
Travel down the sidewalk at sunset – through your neighborhood – seeing old things through new eyes.
Travel to places of rest, invigoration, and rejuvenation – even if that’s only in your own backyard.
Travel to where your family is and talk long with them, unhindered by any distractions.
Travel to meeting new goals, practicing new habits, and forming new routines that will carry on into the next school year.
Travel to the places overlooked by everyone else, and pause to see what they’re not seeing. Notice the ordinary until it becomes extraordinary.
Travel to deeper places of intimacy with your Heavenly Father, soaking in the million facets of His love revealed in His Word and His bountiful gifts all around you.
Travel to places of service – where your ability meets someone else’s need – where your gift abounds to bless someone else.
Travel to deeper contentment with where you are and who God has made you to be.
Travel, if you can, to faraway countries, but know that sometimes the best summertime travel is much closer at hand. It all depends on how you view it and how you live it. Because remember – life can either by a daily delightful adventure or a boring routine. I, for one, would rather have the former over the latter any day of the week.
And therefore, I intend to do all of the above forms of traveling this summer – filling my memories with a summer well-lived and not half-heartedly wasted. May it be the same for you.