Wisdom and Comfort in Chaos

Jackson Sharp July 17, 2022

“If everything seems under control, you’re not moving fast enough” — Mario Andretti

One of my heroes as a growing boy was American racing legend Mario Andretti. A humble and timid man off the track, Mario found his inner peace within the confines of a dangerous machine. 

His quote speaks not only profoundly to the experience of a professional athlete, but to anyone attempting to navigate the often turbulent path of childhood. 

The journey of a Rockmont camper embodies this recognition of the curveballs life throws our way.

Whether it be through the introduction of a new skill, the reflections created through our tribal process, or the simple possibility of a Carolina afternoon “t-storm,” campers are put in places of uncertainty. 

Moments that become difficult to expect or predict, and some of these opportunities lead to measurable moments of growth. 

There’s an element to the unexpected that can often be foreign in a young man’s life. School, sports teams, or church groups are often structured and planned. 

These all provide growing men with valuable life lessons, but there’s nothing quite like the impact a summer camp can provide:

Freedom. 

Enough freedom to decide what skills you’re going to do, how many slices of ham you are going to eat, which new camper you’re going to muster the confidence to introduce yourself to. 

The freedom to be in God’s creation in its fullest form: the wilderness that surrounds and unifies us. The Rockmont journey allows a young man to peek into his near future, to feel a little bit of chaos and to come out the other side unscathed. 

We challenge each Rockmont camper to push themselves in ways that are unique to them, to seek discomfort, and to use our countless amenities as a method to find that challenge each and every day. They get to feel something that takes many of us years to find: 

Wisdom and comfort in chaos itself. 

Life can be chaotic, but remember — if everything seems under control, you’re not moving fast enough. 

Isaiah 43:18-19

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

Jackson Sharp

Tribal Director

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