Camp is going amazing as we just got back from our first week on the road taking the camp experience to 160 kids in Warren, Ohio. God definitely showed up as we came together as a team and worked to get the kids excited and love them like Jesus loves us. It was a powerful week filled with joys and hardships, but all resulting in seven kids accepting Christ into their lives for the first time. God is certainly moving not only our team, but also back at the camp in Vermilion.
One of the top things I enjoy most about spending the weekends at camp is having lunch with my small group on Sunday afternoons. As an entire staff we are split into smaller groups of four or five and meet weekly to discuss the book of James. This morning we went through the beginning of James chapter two where it tells us not to show favoritism. We had a really great discussion on the topic and pondered the idea of seeing all people as equal. For me I tend to get along with most people, but there is a pesky few whose personalities don’t align or we just hit it off on the wrong foot. I’m an expert at avoiding these kinds of people in my life. But, going over this passage and discussing it with the girls in my small group pointed out the importance of finding value in all people.
I 100% want to live a life of love towards all people and that is something that I was reminded of through this experience. Several years ago before going on a mission trip someone told me “just love the person in front of you”. This phrase is so simple, but so significant and vital to grasp I believe in order to live my life with purpose. As long as I can just focus all my attention and energy on whomever I am with at that moment than love will flow from the actions. This applies to my family, classmates, campers, and coworkers. God has so clearly placed each and every one of these people into my life and his plans for our lives are far greater than I could ever know or imagine. Another thing that I have come to realize is you never know what impact one simple conversation or action can have on someone’s life. I am learning to love with equality and greater intention.