Just Got Back from Youth Camp

There are a lot of really incredible things that are going on in our lives.  As we are in the beginning stages of getting down to Haiti to run this orphanage and to be there with our kids, it seems like there is always something to do.  And in the midst of that, this summer, we are doing a lot of things with the ministries that we are involved with at RiverTown.  One of those things is youth camp.  We spent the past week in Daytona Beach with our youth ministry at Student Life Camp led by Louie Giglio and Chris Tomlin, and it was as amazing as it sounds.  We had a great time with the kids, and I realized that I have gone to youth camp every summer since I was in 7th grade!  Either as a youth, chaperone, or Youth Pastor I have not missed a summer of going to camp in literally over 20 years now.  That is crazy.

I also realized, that this might have been my last youth camp at least for a while.  Honestly, I won’t miss the planning or the worrying that I do realizing that I am in charge of other people’s children.  But I will absolutely miss the kids.  I have been doing this for so long, it is part of who I am, it is like second nature, and I love it.  I love that one of our kids came to know Christ for the first time last week.  I love that the kids loved spending time worshipping their Savior together.  Most of all, I loved being part of seeing these youth experience Christ in a wonderful way.

Here’s the point of the this post.  There are a lot of fun and exciting things that are going on in our lives because of this move and because of this ministry that GOD is clearly leading us to.  But there are also some difficult times with a lot of change and a lot of things that we will miss when we go.  It is funny that when GOD calls you to something big, it is not easy, and it shouldn’t be.  I don’t really have a great theological point to this post, I was just writing to let you guys know that somethings about following where Christ is leading are hard.  Some things are sad.  Some things are very difficult.  But in the end, my Savior is worth everything.  I hope that I can truly get to this point in my life where He is worth all, and I hope this encourages some of you as well. It is rarely easy, but it is always worth it.  My Savior deserves everything!

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