Thoughts From Camp pt. 1

So today I’m going to be sharing some take-aways I had from spending the summer at camp. I definitely wasn’t expecting it to change me as much as it did, or for me to go through quite as much growth as I did! I’m also going to be sharing a few quotes/verses that were impactful.

So the first thing I’m going to talk about is being intentional. This was something I learned a lot about over the summer, and it really hit home for me. It’s very easy in this world to just move through life without really thinking about it, but something that was talked about a lot at camp was being purposeful about everything we did.

There’s this thing at camp called a one-on-one, which involves two people choosing to spend some time together (platonically) lots of times it’s over a meal because of work schedules, but it doesn’t have to be. These are a great example of being intentional with your time, because one-on-ones are specifically for getting to know other people better.

This is a verse I wrote in my bullet journal back in June, just a little ways into camp:

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not grow faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

Community is a big thing among the summer staff at camp, and getting to know people in a deeper way is a big part of it. We do things like group bible studies, and staffternoon (staff/afternoon), which is an event/game we all do together Friday afternoon.

This is a quote from a novel I was reading right before I went to camp and finished at camp. I used it for a Bible study the day I led, and it really made me sit back and think.

“Biblically, faith isn’t believing things that don’t match up to reality. It’s admitting that God is the greatest reality in the universe and then living as if that proposition is true.”

Jeff Myers (Unquestioned Answers)

Faith is something I’ve always struggled to wrap my mind around. I tend to be a planner, and I like to have everything laid out in ink. Learning how to trust in God’s plan and have faith even when I feel like everything is all over the place has been really hard for me, but working at camp really helped me understand that He has it all under control.

“But someone will say, ‘you have your faith, and I have my deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”

James 2:18

Something that I really saw played out at camp this year was God’s awesome power and the way He works in everything we do. It sounds so cheesy, especially to my ears after hearing it all summer, but it’s amazing we got through 8 weeks of family camp!

The camp staff all knew that it was unlikely we’d make it through 8 weeks without someone getting COVID and the county shutting us down. We were all really careful about washing out hands, wearing masks, and reminding the campers to be outside as much as possible, but as more camps around us were shut down, most of us knew our chances were pretty low.

“True joy is the evidence of God working in us, through us, and around us.”

Christian Bosse

Because of all of that, when we hit week seven we were all rejoicing! God really kept us safe this year, especially since none of the staff even got colds or anything. We were all very healthy. This allowed for some amazing experiences, and a lot of people got saved at camp this year. In just one week we had about 16 baptisms! If God hadn’t provided and kept us healthy, that week wouldn’t have ever happened.

I have a lot more to share about the later part of camp, but I’m going to split this post up so you don’t have to read so much at once!

One last quote before I go:

There’s not much I have planned for this upcoming month, other than an upcoming newsletter, which you can read more about here. Remember, if you want your novel reviewed you can sign up here, I’m looking for some books to read!

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