Happy New Year!
January 1. New beginnings. Starting over. Out with old, in with the new.
All of these expressions define a new year and, indeed, it’s a time when most of the world recognizes the start of something new. It’s that time of the year when resolutions are made.
For many, after years of unsuccessful resolutions, the thought of stating even one seems like we’re mocking the word itself. One definition of resolution that I like is a firm decision to do something. That seems pretty simple, doesn’t it? Yet, when applied, it’s anything but simple. Humans seem to struggle with sticking to a plan, being consistent, doing the same thing enough that it becomes a habit.
Sunday, at our home church, WFR, Willie Robertson spoke. Granted, he’s my son-in-law and I might be a tad prejudice, but he delivered the best New Year’s lesson. He challenged us to just look at the scriptures and see if we’re living them successfully before making such resolutions as losing ten pounds or cutting out all soft drinks. In fact, God’s word is full of resolutions we should be working on, not just in January, but all year long. Did you know that just in the New Testament, there are 1,050 commands and they’re all for our benefit! God doesn’t ask us to do things that are hurtful to us. Like a good and loving parent, God only asks us to do what He knows is beneficial to us. Things like, “Love your enemies” and “Forgive those that hurt you” are just a few examples.
Willie took his own advice and looked closely at the scripture in Luke 14 that talks about when you give a party, invite those who can’t pay you back. So, he invited a man from our congregation who had no family to celebrate with to our large family Christmas Eve celebration. We loved having him and watching his reaction to the activities of the night, but the most priceless gift was the text Willie received the next day. The man told Willie how much that night meant to him and it seemed to him it was a little taste of Heaven.
Being with God’s people is a little taste of Heaven, isn’t it? That’s what we say at camp every summer—camp is a little taste of Heaven. As camp directors, we take seriously our job of equipping young people to live out the scriptures. We resolve to help our campers walk away from camp with a deeper love for God and to trust that His plan for their life is the only plan that will bring them peace and joy.
Thank you for trusting us with your child for a few weeks every summer. We love every one of our campers! Be looking for early registration which will start soon. We’ve been blessed with record numbers that past few years so get your campers registered early.
Have a great January or, as us campers say, only four months until camp!!!