Sunday, July 24, 2011

what a privilege it is...

A word that seems to keep coming up as I answer the question, "How was your trip?" is the word PRIVILEGE. It was a privilege to go. It was a privilege to see. It was a privilege to be a part of the lives of those dear children.

I am getting ready to enter another week of camp where I am finally able to put into words why it is that I keep going back year after year.

It is TRULY a privilege to be a part of the lives of these kids.

For those of you who have known me for any amount of time know that for several summers of my life I have spent a week of many summers at camp. It's a place that keeps drawing me back, a place where regardless of how much we have prepared or our attitudes going into the week, God is FAITHFUL to show up and do some amazing things in the lives of the campers and counselors (and anyone else who is there that week.) It really is awesome!

There are countless reasons why I absolutely love camp. I met some of my dearest friends there. I get to hang out with some of the coolest kids on the planet year after year there. I am "Macho Mandy" for a week. (It's a name that I was given the summer of 1997 and as much as I have tried, it just won't go away.)

I have spent 1 week of 15 different summers at this place. (3 years as a camper, 5 as a counselor and am going back for year number 7 as "staff.")  It's crazy but it's worth it.

Another privilege I have this year is the opportunity to share with the counselors during training the idea of being a "link in the chain." I am going to summarize as best I can a talk that we listened to in XA, EA. I was  really struck by the simple idea that we all have the opportunity to be a "link in the chain" of each person we come in contact with. What has really challenged me lately is the question of what kind of link will we be? Will we be links that connect well? Links that distract? Links that eventually break? Links that change the course of a person's life?

So if you think about it, join me in praying that we as counselors, as staff, as the body of Christ, that we will be links in the chains of the lives of these dear kiddos.

What a privilege it is.

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