Since the start of the new year, I have been asked many times if I know the “why” behind what it is I do at camp, what it is we do at camp, and what I am doing in my personal walk with Christ. This all started when Alan came back from a meeting one day and told me about a video Phil Young (our Director of Mission) had shown them. It was a video about “knowing your why” where Christian comedian and public speaker Michael Jr. uses a crowd member to show the entire audience at one of his shows how important it is to know why you are doing what you are doing before you get caught up in the what’s, how’s, when’s, and where’s. (I highly recommend you watch this video if you have not ever seen it! Just google Michael Jr. Knowing your why!) During the video, Michael Jr. asks a gentleman in the audience, who happens to be a music teacher, to sing a few bars of Amazing Grace. The guy crushes it, but Michael Jr. looks at him when he is done and asks him to sing it again. This time he request that the gentleman sing it as if he just lost a loved one, was recently relieved from prison, etc.(sing from past traumatic experiences), and when the gentleman knows the why behind his singing of Amazing Grace it takes the song to a whole different level that will send goose bumps up your arm. This idea of knowing why you do something gives it more power because you have an intimate desire to do it now is a reality that we as Christians miss out on. Don’t continue to miss out on having powerful and impactful what’s. how’s, when’s, and where’s because you don’t truly understand your why!
When I was presented with this challenge to figure out what my why was it really got me thinking. I realized that for most of my proclaiming Christian life I had been working off the wrong why. Here are just a few examples:
- When I started working at camp in the summer of 2012 I thought the why for my being here was that I had been asked to work here by a friend. While in reality that was only “what” got me here, but not “why” God had brought me here. The “why” was that I had lived through a rough childhood(Single mother, Very low family income, Suffered bullying) and the only thing that remained the same through all those years of struggle was the love of God. I was brought to camp because God wants me to boldly proclaim Him and His love to the campers we have so that if they are growing up with similar situations they can see hope and find Him when they look for it!
- Over my first few years working here I got the opportunity to be a part of some great bible studies, BCM worships and events, and small groups. I always thought that the “why” for me getting to be a part of those was my connection to camp. Looking back I now understand that camp was simply the “how” I got involved in those activities. The “why” was that God cares for me and my spiritual growth. He desires a relationship with me so He provided me with outlets to grow and strengthen the relationship I have.
The final why is for why we do what we do here at camp. Of course we want to provide a place for kids to come in the summer to create lifelong memories and make lifelong friends, but our actual why is not to get caught up in lifelong things but rather eternal things. We do what we do so that kids can have an opportunity to meet Christ! We do what we do so that kids who don’t see and feel love on a day to day basis can see, feel, and understand that real love comes from Christ and the sacrifice He made on the cross. Our why can be wrapped up in one sentence: Every child deserves a chance to meet the God who created them in His image; a chance to know about His love; a chance to know about Christ's sacrifice; and a chance to start a relationship with Him that will last for an eternity!