On Friday, our youth and sponsors returned from Camp Tallowood. I’m already looking forward to the camp reflection service on Sunday night to hear how God blessed and what He taught them this week.
30 plus years, I spent one week of each summer as a sponsor at youth camp. There are so many treasured memories from
those weeks. God met us at camp every
single year. It seemed like you could
feel His presence the moment the busses rolled through the entrance to the campground. Each summer, I knew that God was going to do
some amazing things in the lives of the youth and adults alike. And He never disappointed.
lessons I learned at camp through the years:
more I prepared, studied, and trained for the week the smoother the week went.
is essential before, during, and after camp.
in the lives of students and sponsors costs you time, energy, and your heart.
can use His Word, loud music, camp pastors, heat, scripture memory, His
creation, sponsors and students to speak to you.
I expectantly wait, look for, and listen for God to speak, convict, and teach
doesn’t depend on the amount of sleep I had, my disabilities, or abilities to
work through me. He is looking for my availability
and a willing heart.
off each morning with a “Quiet Time” with Him helped keep the priorities right
for the day.
and encouraging words were important qualities for our group and recreation
team to develop during the week.
without cell phones, computers, television and other devices for a week, as
well as my normal schedule, made it easier to concentrate on what God was doing
the results of what began at camp are not seen until years later.
family should be one of the first to notice that God is working in my life.
* The lessons learned at camp were never intended to stay at camp.
Each year, we wished that camp could last another week or longer. In
a way, it can because God desires to have a relationship
with us the other 51 weeks of the year just as much as he does during the week
Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws,
we wait for you;
your name and renown
are the desire of our hearts.