What Are the 3 R's?

What are the “3 R’s?”

If you used that term in school, you’d probably say “Reading, ‘Riting, ‘Rithmetic.” I’ve never understood how schools get away with such gross misuse of the English language, but the phrase has stuck.

You’re probably familiar with the “3 R’s” of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” as it encourages people to help preserve our planet.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt had his own “3 R’s” of “Relief, Recovery, Reform” to combat economic problems during the Great Depression.


Here’s a new set of “3 R’s” for your summer. These “R’s” won’t decrease the amount of trash you throw out, and they won’t set the wheels of economic growth in motion. Instead, they are intended to set your spiritual growth in motion.


Reflection, Renewal, Rest

Summer is a great time to reflect. Reflection is a way to look back in order to look ahead. Reflecting is not simply reminiscing, but thinking about an event or time period with the intention of learning from it. Spiritual reflection can be one of the most valuable things to do for any Christian. What am I doing to grow in faith? How am I showing my Savior’s love to those around me? How am I instilling the message of the gospel in my kids? As David reminds us in Psalm 1, “Blessed is the man...who meditates on his law day and night.”


Summer is a great time for renewal. It’s easy to think of the end of a school year now, but think about the first day instead. Remember how fresh everything was? Remember how clean and new things seemed? In the same way, renew your faith. Be washed again and again in the cleansing message of God’s grace. Lend a hand in renewing others as life gets them dirty. Keep in mind God’s Word through Paul, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)


Summer is a great time for rest. Students are probably doing some sleeping in these days, but that type of rest is no match for the true rest that is found only in Jesus and his forgiveness. Rest also gives the impression of peace, and what better way to find peace than to get it straight from our Savior! Jesus himself tells us, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)


As you enjoy the summer months, reflect, be renewed, and feel true rest in Christ.