Note to self (and to other Christian camp leaders)
Getting alongside a gaggle of teenagers. Teaching the Bible. Dressing up as an alien. Refereeing a sport you’ve never heard of.
It can only mean one thing.
Leading on a Christian summer camp – God’s annual reminder of my weakness and his strength.
If you’ve signed up to serve on a camp this summer, here are three things to remember.
#1 It’s worth it
There’s no better news to speak about. God’s given sinful people an eternal inheritance in Jesus (Galatians 4:7).
Sure, it won’t be long before you feel grouchy and tired. But you’ve been made God’s child, gifted with his Spirit (Galatians 4:6). Remember this daily, hourly.
Warming your heart with the gospel will help you see the privilege of talking to your dorm about Jesus.
And this is well worth the loss of sleep.
#2 You’re a body part
Each leader is part of the wider church body. On camp it can be easy to compare yourself to others and wish you were louder, wiser or bouncier.
Remember that God has specifically given you gifts to build up others (1 Corinthians 12:11).
You might be brilliant at chatting to the kid who wants to talk about Fortnite rather than playing the wide game.
If sorting an activity advert makes your blood run cold, then ask that funny leader to help you plan.
You’re not the whole body. You may be the little finger – but hands can’t work properly without little fingers.
And bodies can’t work properly without hands. So play your role. Help others. Allow others to help you.
#3 God uses weak people (like you!)
Know that God’s strength is made perfect in weak people (2 Corinthians 12:9).
When you don’t have the strength to run another activity know that God gives power to the weak (Isaiah 40:29).
And finally: bring chocolate and vitamin tablets.
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