by Meagan Davis
A little taste of spiritual heaven on earth.
This is the phrase that I use to describe the place where I get to serve this summer. The Wilds is a Christian camp where I’m counseling elementary age and teenage girls this summer. After a week of staff training, you would think that I would be completely prepared, right? Well, I don’t know. There are going to be situations where I need help this summer, and I definitely need God with me each step of the way. But there are a couple of things that stand out to me from this week. One is that I have to be real.
We listened to a session about the kind of Christianity that young people are witnessing. The speaker made these three points: teens are witnessing a lifeless, loveless, and legalistic Christianity.
When I first went to the Wilds as a camper, one of the biggest things I noticed was that these people were real. They really do love God, they really do love me, and they really have fun doing both of these. A ministry at the Wilds is all about serving God and serving others. It’s doing what’s right even though it’s hard. It’s loving even when someone is very difficult to love. It’s completely surrendering to God’s Word and doing what He says.
As a counselor this summer, I know that I have to be real. Teenagers can spot a phony so fast! I have to have genuine love for God and those around me. But this application isn’t just for camp. God calls us to love and obey Him no matter where you are! What difference would it make if others looked at your life and said, “What you see is what you get. He is really trying to please God with his life.”
Would others say that your talk about God matches your walk with God? I hope so! Be real today!