Welcome to Camp

Posted by jon on June 16, 2010 in not so deep thoughts |

Camp is a special place. It is a place somehow outside of our normal existence. While at camp there is no outside world. Everything that is not camp gets put on pause. Stay here long enough and time begins to mean less. By the end of the week campers refer less to time and more to scheduled activities. When you’re at camp there are simple rules and a schedule to guide you through your day.  It is so much simpler than real life.

We are in an environment that separates us from many of the distractions that take our attention from God. It is an easy place to focus on God because everything we do has been scheduled around God. We’ve set aside time to study God, time to exercise, time to eat, and time to worship. It’s a full day but its also a complete day. It’s a day that meets our spiritual and physical needs.
But why is it that we struggle to bring that into our real lives. I know we can’t stay at camp but isn’t our calling to make God the center of our lives? Is it so unusual to set our schedule to revolve around our Lord? Too often our schedule makes us instead of the other way around. When we are driven by our schedule it is easy to rationalize away gross neglect of what we should be focusing on. We’re just busy…that’s not a crime.

What would it look like if we brought a little camp home with us? While the food and the smell of a room full of six middle school students are things that can stay at camp, what if we brought home the idea that everything we do focuses on God. What if we look for Holy application in our studies, our entertainment, and even our free time? What if just assumed that God is everywhere?

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