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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Road Trip Summer: Don't Miss Out!

I'm going to shout the Road Trip message from the rooftops...because it's all about you! It's about the stunning specimen of humanity God has created you to be! Don't let the dog days of summer get you down. Give 'em a growwwwwl and embrace the wonder of this season! You're alive! God is on your side! There is joy and adventure waiting in your driveway right now!




Five great questions of life: Life * Love * Learning * Labor * Leadership

Life: What's My Spiritual Center?

Road Trip Summer: Don't Miss Out!

By Evan Nehring

These are the dog days of summer. July 25th as I write, 5 months til Christmas and hotter than ghost pepper. For our recent high school grads, this is prime time for relaxing, regrouping, and looking ahead to new adventures this fall. This is your road trip summer and it is gold! The promise, potential, and possibility of this season is mind-blowing, exhilarating. You're preparing to launch.

If you're not quite there yet, or if that summer of independence is a distant memory, this can still be your road trip summer. As J.J. Heller sings, "Starting right here, happy new year." Yes.

I'm telling you, I believe in the power of the Road Trip message to meet you and guide you this summer. Yes, my book, Road Trip that you can pick up on Amazon. Tuck it in your beach bag. Load it on your Kindle app. Set it by your bedside table, next to your Bible. Let it ride shotgun through your summer adventures. Nothing will add value to your summer the way Road Trip can.

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So, here are some of things you think about in the middle of your road trip summer:

What's my spiritual center?

Summer throws you off your routine. That can be a good thing, depressurizing. But all of that freedom can hatchet our connection to what's important. The road trip summer says, How can I place Jesus at the center of all of my life? How can I bring all of the passion of the created universe into my day to day? Worship the Creator! Talk to the Creator! Get to know the Creator!

If your devotional routine doesn't carry that kind of spark, Road Trip can guide you.

What's my worldview?

I spoke at Lifest in Oshkosh, WI a couple of weeks ago to a packed house of 150, mostly high schoolers and many in their road trip summer. Did you see the God's Not Dead movie? They did. To a person they understood the challenge to their faith that is coming on the university campus. Your road trip summer is an outstanding time to be thinking about the tidal wave of world religions, philosophies, and academic challenges to your biblical Christian faith. They were.

Road Trip lays out not only the gist of the main ideas coming after you, but also the practical ideas of living out your faith on the college campus.

How will I make a living?

Super awesome of your parents to house and feed you this summer, and maybe a few more, but your day of reckoning approaches. Ominously, it stalks you, waiting for the slightest sign of weakness...nah, I'm just kidding about that. But making a living is a big deal. Instead of picketing for higher wages at the fast food joint, I recommend setting your eyes on a career. And setting your foot on a career path.

Choosing a career path is tricky. Road Trip has a trunk load of godly wisdom to help you settle this.

Who will I spend my life with?

Do you recognize these words?

Summer lovin', had me a blast
Summer lovin', happened so fast
Met a girl crazy for me
Met a boy cute as can be

Nah, me neither, but they remind me of the heartthrobs and heartaches of summer. Yes, your road trip summer is about that too. God's about that. I know this because I've got some kids in their road trip years and Colleen and I are enjoying the blessing of family.

Road Trip will help you bring a godly passion to your relationships that's so much deeper than a Netflix romance.

What difference will I make?

If you're thinking about making a difference already, congratulations! You're not just trying to survive, you're trying to make an impact! That's awesome because...well...we need you to make an impact. The world needs your godly, compassionate, proactive, capable, talented life invested into the godly responses to evil and heartbreak in our world. I want to be there. I know you do, too.

Road Trip will challenge you to rise to serve on the stages of God and man. We need you!


So, yeah, I'm going to shout the Road Trip message from the rooftops...because it's all about you! It's about the stunning specimen of humanity God has created you to be! Don't let the dog days of summer get you down. Give 'em a growwwwwl and embrace the wonder of this season! You're alive! God is on your side! There is joy and adventure waiting in your driveway right now!

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