Dirt and Discipleship

Shawn Marler July 19, 2014

Today was a great day at camp. The rain never let up. That might sound like a downer, but the more you get to know the core of camp, you realize that making mud pies out of mud is what it is all about. Sure, the sunny days are nice, but the campers only discover their true grit when things get a little uncomfortable. And they do discover it – today while in skills.

I nearly shouted for joy when I saw Dan Morris leading a group of kayakers across the lake in the face of a moderately strong downpour. Smiles and squinty eyes steadily made their way to the deck of Eden Hall before making their way back to the kayaking shed. Disc golfers hurled Frisbees mightily towards their target, some sticking in the mud upon landing. And of course, there was a whole lot of slipping, sliding, and splatting during a variety of field sports.

We have found that the desire to go wallow in the mud is written on every boys’ heart. While it may be more easily accessed for some, it seems to always be there. And thank goodness, right? Our lives are increasingly sterilized and sanitized. And while cleanliness is certainly a virtue, so is getting dirty. There are times when it can’t or shouldn’t be avoided. We need to be ready to roll up our sleeves and help out our neighbor, and becoming comfortable with discomfort is a key to developing that readiness. The great thing is that at camp, that key is found without the campers ever giving it a whole lot of thought because it is packaged in a whole lot of fun.

Mountain Camp did get to enjoy some time under the lights in the gym for a dodgeball tournament tonight. Deer Camp enjoyed the waterfront after playing an epic version of capture the flag called Braveheart. In Bear Camp, our youngest campers finished off the day in their lodges, during a “camp-in.” We scheduled them to be up on the mountain, but decided they had been wet enough and changed course. While their night still included a nice fire and S’mores, it also included a movie and a dry warm bunk. My guess is that the rain and mud from earlier today made the S’mores a little sweeter, the movie a bit funnier, and the bunks a bit warmer.

Inspired to be at camp,

Josh, Associate Director

Today’s Bible Story…
Story: Do Not Fear
Scripture: Matthew 6:25-34
+Where do you see yourself in the story?
+What is the good news?

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