I live with four daughters that I believe are way beyond the “normal girls” just hanging around, drifting through life. I know I am prejudiced – and you’ve heard me admit it before, but if you knew them, you’d be too :).
This past week I was able to spend six days with a group of teenagers, most of whom have a heart so different from the world around them.
You may wonder what could make one group so different from others that I would title my post “Beyond Amazing”. I’ve asked myself that same question and come to several different conclusions.
First of all you need to know we were at a Christian youth camp. Not your typical youth camp – but one that focuses on large amounts of Bible study, has a two-hour morning work time, and limited free time. Yes, there are kids there for various reason other than just being thrilled to be there – so some have attitudes that are not the best – I think because they have hearts that hurt. BUT, for the most part the young people who attend do so because they have a desire to grow, to learn, to mature, to lead, and to serve.
It is so encouraging to be around an entire group of young adults who are positive, who have minds that are set on reaching out to others, who are truly secure in who they are so they are free to be a life for others through the life of Jesus Christ. No, they are not a bunch of holier than thou young people – they laughed like crazy, played hard during rec time, and worked over and above what was required. One of the counselors nick-named this year’s group the “gimme” campers. Gimme more Bible study, gimme more worship time, gimme more work. I told you it was an amazing week!
One other thing that makes this camp stand out is that not only are there counselors from various churches who come to love and encourage, but there are many families who spend the week together investing in the lives of those around them. I love to watch the campers taking care of the “little folks” running around. It has been a blessing to watch those families grow over the years.
The greatest thing is, these young people walk away from “The Hill” with a greater knowledge of who Christ is, the work that has been done in their lives, and how to live in that grace. They also leave the week encouraged and challenged. Encouraged by the Word of God taught so thoroughly, by those who have come along beside them, by those that have loved them, and by a staff that is such a blessing to all of us. I believe we are all challenged to live in the bigger circle as Bob taught this year – to get our teeth into the Word, to know Jesus more intimately, to allow Him to be our Life, and to enter fully into His rest.
Sorry guys – literally, I should have taken more pictures of the guys! There are some great young men there!
This has been a long post – it’s been fun to remember – hopefully to spark an interest in your heart to get into the Word, and to get your children into the Word.
To all involved in B.A.S.I.C. we love you and your heart for Jesus! It shows in all that you do. God Bless!