Summer Church Camp is the best. I love the ministry that is in and around Summer Church Camp. When I attended Church Camp in my teens, there were many activities that occurred that were in a competitive format. Team A and Team B were both challenged with the game rules and the winner became the team that worked fastest or best by whatever measure was being used to reach the goal.
Fortunately, as time has moved on, we’ve reworked some ways that moved us in more helpful directions. We’re more able to operate with non-competitive games and move in ways that are more true to the our Christian teachings of working together. Hopefully, all people feel like they are accomplishing the “win.”
So, the camp experience that comes to mind every time when I think of people working together was the camp that worked together to bring all the pieces of a meal together. One cabin was in charge of digging the fire pit, another group collected the wood, another group did food readiness preparation, another group cooked the meal over the fire, another group collected water, and so the pieces of building the meal were handed out to all.
Out of all of that work, and it was a process that really engaged everyone fully, we had the most delicious stew I’ve ever experienced in my life. Was it the seasoning? Was it the length of time the stew cooked on the fire? Was it the hot sun and the hot fire? Was it the constant stirring and checking?
What I think happened was we all worked together and this awesome feast was enjoyed by all. The very event had a wonderful taste to our beings. Hands down the best ever!! We all bring our particular something to God and God does extraordinary things when we work with others and their particular somethings.
6 God’s various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all. 7 Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! 8 The variety is wonderful:
wise counsel, clear understanding 9 simple trust, healing the sick, 10 miraculous acts, proclamation, distinguishing between spirits, tongues, interpretation of tongues.
The Corinthian believers were especially gifted by God, but some of them were creating problems by using their spiritual gifts in unspiritual ways. The Spirit gives us gifts so that we can serve Christ and the church for the profit of all and not for our own selfish enjoyment.
What are the gifts that you believe that God has given you? Have you in some way thanked God for these gifts? In what way are you using those gifts to serve God? Have a day!
In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you one thing they can do that their parents can not do
Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson
Remember in Prayer: Nan, Carol Shanks Foulke & family in the loss of her father, Jan, Kathy & family, Jane, Peace & Comfort for the families of Jim & Linda, Churches in transition, Sue’s family & friends, Amy, Carla’s mom & family, Phyllis & family, Natalie, Mary, Vivian, Martha, Pastor Kamya, Bonnie & Courtney, Mark, Michael, Kelly, Sawyer, Patrick, Roger, Katie, Marnie, Missy, Jeremy, Ginger, Jean, Frank, and for all those in need of God’s healing.
And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Jim, Martha, Joyce, Jim & Linda, Sue, Ward, Amy, Jim, Clayton, Moe, Dot, Judy, John, Roberto, Todd, Loisanne, Karen, Bill
Prayer: It is you, O God, who creates this day before us. It is also you, O God, who gifts each of us in unique ways. Help us to use the gifts you give us to serve you. Help us to not worry about the gifting of our brothers and sisters. Amen
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