This past week of camp was exciting, fun, wild, and exhausting. We had a week packed full of insane activities mixed with constant dancing and eternity-altering decisions were made. This week has been great, but at the same time I found myself many times feeling drained and tired. I love this ministry. I am blessed to be a part of it and was reminded that this is what I’m going to be doing my entire life. I see that ministry is necessary, but if I’m pouring out every part of my being into it then I need to be getting filled up at the same time. As I have the blessing to be a part of the lives of my staff, campers, and countless others whom I encounter I see that I will die if I’m not getting my energy from somewhere.
We have four main things we stand for as a leadership team and one of those is having a teeming cup. This means that I must be getting my fill and portion from God if I want to lovingly pour into those around me. For me this requires setting valuable time aside to spend with God every single day. This seems unattainable at times with my endlessly busy schedule, but without this time I lose focus and thus I am wasting my time. This ties in closely to James chapter two when he talks about work without face and vice versa. It is not enough for me to just serve God, but I must be doing so as an outpouring of my love for God and as fruit of what he is doing in my life.
Basically it all comes down to me working hard to be intentional with my time and where I’m focusing my attention. Maybe I am just rambling, but I’m hoping some of you out there can relate. Some practical goals I am aiming for in order to live a fruitful life stem from the most basic Christian principles. For me I have found the best way to focus my attention is to start my day off with Bible reading. Another thing you can do to challenge yourself is in practicing the discipline of fasting. I am blessed to have been able to experience and learn about fasting in high school and I continue to see it as an important practice in the Christian life. These are just a few ways that help me to fill up on God’s goodness before I head out into the world and dive into different ministries.