Wow. Where have the weeks gone? It’s the second Thursday of Cultivate, and that is simply unbelievable.
Today after lunch, Cultivate had a session taught by our camp director, Pat “Michelangelo” Preston. He started by pointing out three things that can help a person grow in their relationship with Christ, and those were people, circumstances, and spiritual discipline.
Focusing on spiritual discipline, he went on to talk about how, although we often think about disciplining our bodies with exercise, we usually neglect to discipline other areas of our lives. He told them discipline takes time, is often uncomfortable, and it involves others in accountability. How true! Discipline is an investment, and it takes time to develop and see the fruit of it.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
A few areas of spiritual discipline that he mentioned were reading the Bible, prayer, fasting, obedience, evangelism, and service. Immediately following the talk, the Cultivate campers got the opportunity to put the latter into action on a service project in Columbus! They traveled to a park in town and spent time disinfecting picnic tables, picking up trash and leaf blowing.
After this they were invited to a cookout at our IWS director Neil “Plowasaki” Anthony’s house where they ate, played games, worshipped and had another Club session. They went over Colossians 2:6-7, and it was a fitting talk for approaching the end of the second week of Cultivate.
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
Tonight is a very bonding night for the Cultivaters. We pray the things they learned these two weeks don’t just become a part of the camp memories they share but that they take them into their daily lives, holding each other accountable and building one another up as they go.