I’m back! It is so nice to be home again! I had an AMAZING summer! I’ve been greatly blessed and grown by God this summer and I don’t even know where to start. Sooooo….where should I start?
Camp is a unique environment. It’s a place where you are on duty 24 hours a day/almost 7days a week. The campers get to see you all the time. They will without fail pick up on your attitudes and actions. We have this saying at camp: what you do in moderation, campers will do in excess. How true that is! So here is what I learned at camp:
1. Every moment is an opportunity to learn. During staff training, we learned to bring teachable moments into the daily routine. It’s so true- many things around us point us to God and display his glory! My campers would often say, “You bring everything we talk about back to the Bible!”
2. Saving is God’s job, not ours. Our job is to be obedient and share the gospel and leave the rest up to God. No matter what you say, if the Holy Spirit is not working in a person’s life, then they will reject the gospel. The opposite is also true- if the Holy Spirit is working in a person’s heart, then that person will believe in spite of what you say!
3. It’s okay to be wet. Rain does not stop camp activity and you get used to living like a duck- it was a wet summer! There was one time it rained all week and I was taking the younger boys cabin to their next activity. We were all soaking wet so we went puddle stomping! We (yes, me too) had so much fun!
4. I can’t be the shy person. I’ve always been one of those people who wait for others to introduce themselves and initiate things. However, at camp it’s very important to step out and be that person. You have to introduce yourself to so many people and be outgoing with everyone.
5. I learned to be spontaneous. I’m one of those people who stick to the schedule above all else. I learned that it’s okay to deviate from that schedule sometimes and do something crazy fun!
Above all else, I learned to have such a heart for kids. To be excited to share the gospel with them and to pray fervently for their salvation.
I learned to see God’s grace better and to share that grace with others.