This year I had the blessed opportunity to serve on D-team at Kansas Extreme Camp! I met a ton of new people, grew stronger in my faith, learned a lot about myself, and made memories I will never forget. I served from May 30th-July 4th. serving at camp, however, was not an easy or in any way a simple task. There were many instances where I questioned my capability or readiness for this sort of position. But as camp went on God gave me the energy I needed to finish strong.
As I said before, I doubted many times that I was meant to be on the Discipleship Team. So as a quick word of encouragement I want to share this- as we learned, Satan tells us lies to try and disorient us and stop us from being who we are in Christ. Satan wants us to be quiet and uninfluential, but we should strive to practice quick recognition of these lies and not let Satan influence us.
on with the post.
Our theme this year was “Wilderness”.
Matthew 4:1 “And immediately the spirit led Jesus into the wilderness”
Had you guys ever noticed that it is indeed the Holy Spirit that led Jesus into the wilderness for 40 days!? At camp, we learned that, in fact, God allows us to enter into a time of disorientation or wilderness for three reasons, and we can find these reasons in Deuteronomy 8.
Deuteronomy 8:2 “And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these 40 years in the wilderness, that He might humble you, testing you to know what is in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not”
To humble you
To test what is in your heart
TO see if you will walk in obedience
We go through wilderness experiences for a reason. I’m sure that all of us can think back to at least one time in our lives that proved to be extremely difficult. Maybe you found yourself questioning God’s plan for you like I did, or not trusting that God was all you needed during a hard time. Can you think back on this time and answer the three questions? Were you humbled by this experience? Was your heart exposed and tested? Did you walk in obedience during this hard time?
Personally, my wilderness experience was accepting the fact that I was created different from everyone for a reason. I struggled so much with my appearance, especially between the ages of 11 and 15. I mean I didn’t even was to look in the mirror some days because I knew I wouldn’t like what I saw. Everywhere I went I felt like people were looking at me and talking about me because I was so focused on myself and not God. Of course, if you know me now you know that my appearance is the least of my worries, and let me tell you, accepting that not everyone will like you is something I highly recommend.
I have worked so hard to get certain people to like me. both in the past and recently, but I’m almost never successful. It took me way to long to realize that no matter what I do not everyone is going to want to be my friend and that is okay. And once you accept that you are who God wants you to be and you look how God wants you to look and you believe you are walking where He wants you to walk, THEN WHAT PEOPLE THINK DOES NOT MATTER. I’m not saying to ignore people completely, you know. Listen to your family and friends because more often than we realize, God speaks to us through other people. HOWEVER, it’s so unbelievably freeing to let go and just be.
Now, I could write way more than three paragraphs about this, but I will save it for another post. This is the bulk of what I took away from camp. I’m planning to write “what makes a good leader” very soon because that’s the other huge thing I learned, but this post would be too long with both topics together.
Also, please continue to pray for me as I am leaving on July 24th to go to Tokyo, Japan on a mission trip to be an encouragement to Mayuko Shono, a missionary friend. If you would like to know more about the trip like what we’re doing or specific things you can pray for, feel free to email the address below anytime.
You guys, in a world so full of darkness and broken spirits, it’s important to Live Different each and every day.