“Middle School Summer Camp”, yep, the phrase evokes a LOT of different emotions! For this “old guy” (what a student affectionately called me), camp was a great learning experience and a timely lesson on investing in our kids. Here are 3 quick thoughts on things the Lord taught me during the weekend.
Dignity is overrated – It was said that we should “take God seriously, but not ourselves”. I needed that reminder. As one of the team leaders, it was good for me to get outside of my comfort zone and loosen up some. I’m by nature an intense person, but I don’t ever want to let intensity eclipse the pure joy of being set free in Christ and living in that freedom!
Words aren’t enough – Engaging and listening helped me see the value in “connecting-the-dots” concerning biblical truth. Verbally communicating truth is a good thing; but translating truth through the language of a life is a great thing! Life is built on individual moments and my prayer is to take advantage of each one as best I can.
The Lord always has and always will raise up new disciples – The best part was seeing first-hand how serious some of the students take their Christian walk. We must never forget Who is ultimately in charge of raising up new disciples. There’s never been a generation where the Lord forgot his Bride the Church. We should NEVER let cultural shifts weaken our expectations for great things through the lives of our children!
Overall, I’m very encouraged by the experience and am very grateful for the opportunity…woo-hoo! (Sorry, I’m still prone to yelling after our great worship times!)
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- His good, pleasing and perfect will.” -Romans 12:2 TNIV