[This entry is a post-summer challenge to CentriKid Camps staffers who served this summer. Before camp, I wrote a similar post challenging staffers as they prepared for camp. Every summer I hear about staffers who have a hard time leaving camp... so, here are a few take-em-or-leave-em thoughts from Meredith.]
The incredible 2011 CK2 team
Dear Camp Staffer,
Summer is over. Camp is done. School is starting. Real-life is back in full swing. You may be already writing papers and studying for tests. Perhaps you are starting to find that keeping up with camp friends really does require work and effort. It’s been an incredible summer of ministry, and I want to challenge you with a few things as you continue to merge back into the real world.
The work is not over. Camp isn’t the only place for ministry. It’s not the only place to be intentional or work hard. Don’t pass great opportunities by simply because you want get to another summer of camp. Plug in to ministry where you are. Resist the temptation to be lazy in the off-season.
Are the camp-you and the non-camp-you the same person? When you step off the plane or out of the car and back into your real world, are you the same person campers saw each day this summer? Hopefully you’re more rested and energized, but are you making time each day to spend in the Word? Are you living above reproach even outside of camp? Be accountable. Be above reproach. Let the camp you and the real world you be the same follower of Christ.
Remember the gospel. It’s why we do what we do — not just at camp, but every day of the year. #GodProvides
Thanks for giving your summer to help kids understand the truth of the gopsel. Thanks for being an example to them and a listening ear. Thanks for loving the unlovable. Now, by the grace of God, keep on doing each of those things all day every day… because God calls us, not just to camp, but to be where we are everyday.