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: 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.
One area of spiritual discipline that Michelangelo mentioned was service. Immediately following the talk, the Cultivate campers got the opportunity to put it into action on a service project in Columbus! They headed into town to the baseball fields to clean up. They did things like picking up trash and cleaning bathrooms in order to serve the community of Columbus.
After this, the campers were invited over to the Stockman’s house (a family friend of Pine Cove) for a cookout, worship, and to hang out together around the bonfire. 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.
This is the Cultivaters last night to be together as a group, and it’s a very bonding night for them. Please be praying that 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.