Be You

Stan Wilson July 26, 2021

It’s really good to work at a place that specializes in helping young people believe in themselves.

And it’s so good to wake up and watch young people go about that good work.


Today, I watched the sun come up from the porch of Eden Hall as a small company of eager fishermen came down to the lake. Right behind them came the early disc golfers, and then a crew of thunderball players.

Before long the whole camp came down the mountain, including a few who wondered if they could do this.


Monday is a full skill day.

That means the campers have six different opportunities to try something new. I saw brand new archers pick up a bow. I also saw our expert archery instructor allowing the counseling staff to do the hands-on instruction. Everyone at the archery range this morning was called to step up and believe in themselves. 


The world needs you to be you.

This is a spiritual truth that represents a pivotal human struggle. Most of us struggle to believe in ourselves at some point along the way.

If we could really tell the truth about ourselves, it is that we often wish we were someone else. We have a hard time accepting the gifts we’ve been given without envying someone else’s. 


Envy can cause a good bit of damage (see the stories of Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, or Joseph and his brothers).

But those who find the grace to accept their own gifts, live in their own skin, and believe in their own skills can make a huge difference in the world.


Stan Wilson

Coordinating Director & Director of Risk Management

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