GROW UP

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To him be the glory both now and forever!  Amen”  2 Peter 3:18

What a week it was at Fall Creek Falls!  On Friday night in the pouring rain 5 campers accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior!  It rained all week long, but even in all the wetness and the collective stink of the camp, God was moving.  It was amazing sitting in the B-lodge Friday night with all the rain pouring down from the sky as campers and staff poured out their hearts to each other.  The Spirit of God was most definitely evident in the camp Friday night.

I was happy to be able to serve as a counselor to six 7th and 8th grade guys.  They made me laugh constantly, and even though my cot ended up in the rafters friday night, I was blessed to get to hang out with them for a week.  It was awesome watching how other staff members went way out of their way to be a blessing in the lives of the campers.  The staff sacrifices so much to make sure that things go smoothly and preparation begins months and even years in advance.  God amazes me in the way He makes things fall together so that for one week out of the year so many people can be blessed by their experiences with each other and with God.  People take off work and use a lot of vacation time to spend a week outdoors with a bunch of smelly, dirty-faced, sometimes annoying, 4-11th graders.  The older I get, the more I realize why people would give up so much to do this.  People make sacrifices to enrich the lives of others and have a fun time doing it, just like other people have done for them.  They are paying it forward.  God has done and will continue to do incredible things through the Donelson Church Camp and many other camps like it because people love the Lord and are willing to give their time, money, and energy to serve Him.

The theme of this year’s camp was “Grow Up.”  One of the most memorable lessons for me this week was Russ’s lesson about having a “Big Faith.”  This hit me harder than any of the other lessons because this, more often than not, is where I stumble in my walk with Christ.  Trusting in God for everything in my life is a struggle for me at times.  So often I look to Him as a last resort.  When I have reached the end of my rope and reach the sickening realization that there is no way I can do this by myself, that is when I look to God for help.  God does not want that for me.  When I am inconsistent about trusting in God, my life is a roller coaster with tremendous highs and some really staggering lows.  I believe that one thing God is calling me to repeatedly is a life where I wake up in the morning with my eyes fixed on him and go to bed with my eyes fixed on him.  This reminds me of a piece of scripture that has become incredibly reassuring to me in times of trouble.  The scripture reads:

“Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even YOUTHS GROW TIRED AND WEARY,
and YOUNG MEN STUMBLE AND FALL;
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 be faint.”

Isaiah 40:28-31

We all fail, but we have to put our hope and trust in the Lord because He is the only thing in this world that will never let us down.  I hope and pray that God will give me a consistent and unshakeable faith because I always need more strength and He is the only one capable of providing it.

Blessings!

P.S. To read more and see more about the awesome week that was, go check out the camp blog at http://www.donelsoncamp2013.blogspot.com/

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