Thoughts From Camp pt 2

Today I’m going to be sharing a bit more of what I learned from camp, and this will probably be the last post.

The first thing I want to talk about is love pranks! At camp, instead of regular pranks, the summer staff like to ‘love prank’ each other. Especially at the end of the year, it can be really rewarding to know that someone cares about you.

“When joy is a habit, love is a reflex.”

Bob Goff

My accommodations team, near the end of the year, chose to prank the dish crew, who works super hard. We bought them all ice cream that afternoon, and then that evening we did their dinner dishes for them! We weren’t expecting anything back, but then dish crew made pie for us! (Which we ate together at 10pm that night.)

Anyway, my point here is that sometimes in our society we forget to love each other, and it’s something that’s really important.

“To love at all is to be vulnerable.”

C.S. Lewis

Something we learned at the beginning of the summer was about our identities. We did a little study on identity the first week of camp, and this was an interesting part I took from my notes:

-we are God’s workmanship, our God is active and engaged

-the greatest artist in the universes considers you a masterpiece

The verse that accompanied it was Ephesians 2:4-10:

4But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 6For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. 7So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. 8God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us so long ago.

This was just part of a bigger study on our identity in Christ. It’s a massive topic to delve into. I haven’t even begun to figure it out myself!

I think that’s all I’ll cover for today, and next week I’ll wrap it up with my third post in the series, all about coming down from a camp high and transitioning back into the ‘real world,’ plus how I’m applying what I learned at camp to school.

“If you love deeply, you’re going to get hurt badly. But it’s still worth it.”

C.S. Lewis

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