Life at Camps

Well I'm currently at camp number two. Last week I had the privilege of getting to take our youth group at Forest Hills Baptist Church to Charleston, SC for MFUGE.  We had an amazing time serving the Lord together and growing more in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.  This week I am at Centri-Kid with our children's ministry having a great time!  Here are a few pictures from the past two weeks. [slideshow]

One of the things I'm always amazed at is how God works through students lives at camp.  I must admit, I am always very cautious about camps.  Having reflected on my own experiences at camps in my youth, I know that they can be nothing more than just emotionalism and not true repentance and faith.  Camps create a false reality for a week in which everyone you are around loves Jesus. I always try to warn my students that it is easy to live for Jesus at camp, it is much more difficult to live for Jesus back home.  However, none the less, God does work in their lives powerfully.

I think one of the main reasons God speaks to students so powerfully in camp is that they take the time to listen to what God has to say.  In their normal lives surrounded by twitter, Facebook, music, and TV there are so many distractions that most students don't take the time to sit quietly, study God's word, and ask Him to speak into their lives.  As always, these experience do have the potential to be dangerous.  Camps, retreats, and conferences can create a mountain-top spiritual immaturity in which we just look to the next big event to bring us back to that mountain top of spirituality all the while living in sin and disobedience in between those events.  For many teenagers and adults our spiritual lives look more like a roller coaster rather than a steady climb towards being consistent followers of Jesus.

As always when I leave camps, I'm thankful for the opportunity to get to spend a week investing in the lives of students.  I'm always thankful that they experience God powerfully.  However at the end of the day I pray that their affections for God would prove genuine as they live for Christ in the trenches of life, not just the mountain tops.  God works in our lives at camp, but he also works in our lives outside of camps.  We don't have to wait to the next conference or retreat to seek God.  Seek him today.  Pursue him with passion, and allow him to transform your life as you experience the riches of his grace in greater depth with each passing day.