Backstreet’s back; Alright!
Maybe not Backstreet, but I’m back! Close enough, right? Back from all the fun summer camp festivities, the walk down memory lane with friends and family in New Jersey, and the amazing experiences that were shared during those two weeks away. I love some fresh perspective, don’t you? It’s funny how returning to an old, familiar place can inspire you with new, life-changing thoughts. I believe that’s God working. Here are some (and great emphasis on “some” or else we’d be here all day) of my take-aways from my days spent in New Jersey and Pine Bush Bible Camp.
1. Your family is seriously important. Not just your blood-relatives, even though they’re awesome, but your eternal family through Christ. The world should look at our relationships, as Christians, and see something dramatically different:
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you much love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
My prayer is that this is not something I take lightly. That those words of Scripture will not just fade into a memory, but rather I act on them and commit my life to loving others, especially my brothers and sisters, in the way Christ loves us.
2. Time flies. And I think it is just going to get faster. I have missed the past four years of camp, only to come back to meet teenagers who are much taller, smarter, and wiser than their 10-year old selves. Peers of mine are experiencing new life adventures of mission trips, marriage, and careers. The word “lifetime” had new meaning to me. Our lives are short.
“What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” James 14:4b
Now, that can either be a depressing statement, or a driving one, but the choice is yours. I know God has a plan for our lives and with the little time I have here, I want to be all in for Christ and going wherever He leads.
3. YOU ARE SO VALUABLE. No matter what any single person on this entire planet says… You are loved greater and deeper than you can possibly imagine by a Creator who values you more than you can fathom. “The Son of God gives you the upmost value— that is something man cannot touch!” (Nate Bramsen) We are a people who long to be loved. We often let the world define us or sometimes, we even let our own self define us (both of which, I am guilty). We need to look at ourselves the way God sees us: beautifully unique and created in His image.
I am so thankful for the time I spent up North. I am beyond thankful for the work God did in my heart– the way it has been transformed. I am blessed to have the brothers and sisters I was surrounded by for those two weeks (if you’re reading this, know how much I deeply love and appreciate you guys). I am also grateful for returning back to my brothers and sisters in Florida and their eager ears to hear what God has taught me and challenging me to act on it (if you’re reading this, also know how much I deeply love and appreciate you too). Thank you to everyone who follows The Thrive Life and I can’t wait to dive back into some delicious Paleo meals & treats.