Welcome to our last Monday Motivational before our summer program starts! My hope is that I will be able to continue these throughout the summer, but other obligations may cause us to miss a week every now and then. Best case scenario things will go on as usual with our Monday Motivationals, worse case scenario I will be limited to just the occasional update of how the summer is going. Either way, keep us in your prayers and keep your eyes open for what comes your way during our summer season because I can’t wait to share with you how God is working through Camp Ba Yo Ca this summer! For this weeks post I want to share with you guys the same thing I shared with our CIT’s, Counselors, and Staff at our pre-summer meeting.
If you are one of the above mentioned summer workers hopefully you haven’t stopped reading because refreshers, even if only a week later, are still helpful! At our pre-summer meeting we went over the traditional preparation topics such as getting ready spiritually, physically, and mentally. These are great tips for all of us though. How many times do we find ourselves completely unprepared for whatever the next season of our life will be? If the answer to that question is not frequently then you are a far better human being then I am. I typically find myself with a mindset of “I will wait to prepare myself until I know what I am preparing for”. That just leads to me wasting perfectly good preparation time in the present. Our time here on this earth is far to valuable for us to wait until we are in a season to train for that season.
James 4:13-15 says, “Come now, you who say “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”. As children we all thought we would live forever, but as we age and gain a little insight it becomes very clear that our life has an expiration date. In the bigger picture our 75+ years we have here on this earth are a mere blip on the timeline. This means that we must take full advantage of what little time we do have. Here comes the challenging part though…How do you convince children to skip over all the bad decisions they are going to inevitably make and start using their time purposefully now?
Trust me when I tell you the answer to this question is that you can’t. We are incapable of showing them that life needs to have more purpose than just earthly accomplishments. However, we can offer them a relationship with someone who can! Our goal at Camp is to create an atmosphere where these relationships are started, nourished, and deepened. It takes Christ to give purpose to a life. That is why everything we do here at Camp is intentional and points our campers, counselors, and staff in a direction that they can experience Christ.
The children are on the horizon, and the time has come for us to welcome them into the fold just as Christ did. Please remain in prayer for us during the summer. Days will get long, nights will get short, bodies will get tired, but our purpose will never waver. This is going to be an amazing summer and we can’t to experience it with you!